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Dr Laura M Figura MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Average rating 4.86 stars out of 5 (196 ratings)
300 State Street; Suite 302
Erie, PA

Dr. Laura Figura's specialty is plastic surgery. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, breast reconstruction revision, and dermabrasion. Dr. Figura has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Figura attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot.

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Relevant Interests: , Breast Reconstruction Revision, TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Injectable Fillers, ... (Read more)

Dr Gerald Dion Garcia MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
Average rating 4.48 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
4355 Peach Street
Erie, PA

Dr. Gerald Garcia's medical specialty is plastic surgery. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, facelift, and thigh lift (thighplasty). He is affiliated with UPMC Hamot. Dr. Garcia's education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Garcia has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , Free Flap Breast Reconstruction, TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Down Syndrome, Hair Transplant, Nos ... (Read more)

David Alan Femovich MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Average rating 4.68 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
2564 West 12th Street
Erie, PA

Dr. David Femovich works as a plastic surgeon. Patient reviews placed Dr. Femovich at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, facelift, and thigh lift (thighplasty). He is affiliated with UPMC Northwest. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Femovich's training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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Relevant Interests: , Free Flap Breast Reconstruction, TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, Bre ... (Read more)

Dr Steven J Heaney MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Average rating 4.27 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
510 Cranberry Street; Building 2, Suite 240
Erie, PA

Dr. Steven Heaney works as a plastic surgeon in Meadville, PA and Erie, PA. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and thermage. Dr. Heaney is professionally affiliated with St. Vincent's Hospital. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Guthrie Health, Dr. Heaney attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Chin Implants, Ni ... (Read more)

Dr Gunnar Eo Bergqvist MD
Specializes in Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
Average rating 3.3 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
410 Cranberry Street; Suite 310
Erie, PA

Dr. Gunnar Bergqvist is a medical specialist in head & neck plastic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Bergqvist is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bergqvist is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Free Flap Breast Reconstruction, TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable Fille ... (Read more)

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What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast, usually after a mastectomy. The choice of how to proceed after the removal of a breast is a deeply personal one, with some women opting to wear a prosthetic form in a bra, and others choosing to embrace their new breastless form as a reminder of their strength and survival. Those options are perfectly acceptable, but many women feel most comfortable with their missing breast tissue surgically replaced. Breast reconstruction can be part of a patient’s return to normal after experiencing breast cancer.

There are a few different methods used to create the round shape of the breast on the chest. A flap of fat, skin, and muscle can be taken from the side, abdomen or buttock and implanted on the chest to create a breast from the patient’s own tissue. Alternatively, the skin over the chest may be gradually stretched to allow for the placement of an implant. Stretching of the skin is done using expanders, which are similar to breast implants, except they increase in size when saltwater solution is injected into them. Many women also choose to combine the flap procedure with implant placement to achieve their desired result. Once the new breast shape is formed, a nipple can be created and even tattooed to match the other side.

Reconstruction may be done in a single surgery or broken up into multiple procedures:

  • Immediate reconstruction rebuilds the breast right after mastectomy. This method is not recommended if additional chemotherapy or radiation is needed after surgery.
  • Delayed reconstruction occurs after chemotherapy or radiation has been given. These treatments may decrease the volume or alter the color of the reconstructed breast, so they should be completed before the breast is rebuilt. This type of reconstruction may happen weeks, months, or even years after mastectomy.
  • Staged reconstruction splits the reconstructive process into two parts. The first part inserts temporary expanders to stretch the skin and is done immediately after breast removal surgery. The second part replaces the expanders with implants after chemotherapy or radiation treatments have been given.
Breast reconstruction is not perfect. The two breasts may not always look exactly identical, although they will be close. There may be small scars, and a loss of sensation in the reconstructed breast. A reconstructed breast will not produce milk, so you may have trouble breastfeeding. Still, reconstruction is a great option for women who want that part of their appearance back.

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