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Dr. James Woodfin Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
979 E 3rd Street; Suite C920
Chattanooga, TN
 

Dr. J. Kennedy is a plastic surgery and hand surgery specialist in Chattanooga, TN. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and general reconstruction. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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

Dr. Jason Paul Rehm, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
979 E 3rd Street; Suite C920
Chattanooga, TN
 

Dr. Jason Rehm is a plastic surgery and hand surgery specialist in Chattanooga, TN. These areas are among his clinical interests: thigh lift (thighplasty), eyelid surgery, and general reconstruction. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Rehm is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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

Dr. Mark A Brzezienski, MS, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
979 E 3rd Street; Suite C920
Chattanooga, TN
 

Dr. Mark Brzezienski is a plastic surgery and hand surgery specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Brzezienski average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Brzezienski's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brzezienski graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He has received the following distinctions: Oral Board Examine, American Board of Plastic Surgery, Current and PRS Global Best Paper Award for 'Silicone Breast Implants Can Save Lives'.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Jimmy Lee Waldrop Jr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
979 E 3rd Street; Suite C-920
Chattanooga, TN
 

Dr. Jimmy Waldrop's specialty is plastic surgery. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and tummy tuck revision. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Waldrop takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of Medical College of Georgia.

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Relevant Interests: , breast reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Chin Implants, Nipple Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Lift, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Ella Carter, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
725 Glenwood Drive; Suite E-882
Chattanooga, TN
 

Dr. Mary Carter is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Carter include eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and general reconstruction. Dr. Carter takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Laser ... (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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