Reclaim Confidence in Your Breasts

Seeking a breast reconstruction specialist can be emotionally daunting when navigating the challenges of breast cancer. Concerns about regaining a sense of normalcy, restoring physical appearance, and addressing functional challenges may weigh heavily on the minds of breast cancer patients. Higdon Plastic Surgery, located near Nashville in Franklin, TN, is led by Dr. Kye Higdon, a board-certified plastic surgeon with a strong background in breast aesthetics and breast oncologic reconstruction. He understands the profound impact breast reconstruction can have on a woman's life. With compassionate care and specialized expertise, our practice at Higdon Plastic Surgery offers tailored solutions to address your needs and concerns, providing a path toward reclaiming confidence and embracing a renewed sense of self.

What Is Breast Cancer Reconstruction?

Breast cancer reconstruction refers to the surgical procedures performed to rebuild the shape and appearance of the breast following mastectomy or lumpectomy, which are common treatments for breast cancer. These reconstructive procedures aim to restore a sense of wholeness and feminine form for women who have undergone breast cancer surgery, helping them regain confidence in their appearance and improve their quality of life.

During your breast cancer treatment journey, Dr. Higdon will play a pivotal role as a breast cancer reconstruction specialist, along with the other doctors and care providers on your cancer team. Breast cancer reconstruction specialists are highly trained plastic surgeons with oncology and reconstructive surgery expertise. With a deep understanding of the complexities of breast cancer treatment and its impact on physical and emotional well-being, we can offer personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs and preferences.

Breast cancer reconstruction specialists work closely with oncologists and other multidisciplinary cancer care team members to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care throughout the treatment process.  Dr. Higdon's specialized knowledge and skills ensure that patients receive the highest standard of treatment and achieve the best possible outcomes in their breast cancer reconstruction journey.

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The Benefits of Breast Cancer Reconstruction

The procedures that Dr. Kye Higdon provides for his cancer patients offer significant benefits during their restoration along their cancer treatment journey:

Restoration of Body Confidence

Breast reconstruction helps restore a sense of wholeness and feminine form for women who have undergone mastectomy, boosting self-esteem and confidence.

Improved Quality of Life

Reconstruction can alleviate emotional distress and improve overall quality of life by allowing women to feel more comfortable with their bodies after cancer treatment.

Enhanced Symmetry and Balance

Reconstruction procedures aim to restore symmetry and balance to the breasts, ensuring a more proportionate and natural appearance.

Personalized Care from an Expert

Working with a breast cancer reconstruction specialist ensures expert guidance and personalized treatment plans tailored to individual needs, providing comprehensive care and support throughout the reconstruction journey.

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Is Breast Cancer Reconstruction Right for Me?

Breast reconstruction may be suitable for individuals who have undergone mastectomy or lumpectomy as part of their breast cancer treatment, as well as those seeking to address congenital breast abnormalities or deformities. Patients considering breast reconstruction may experience emotional distress, loss of confidence, or a sense of incompleteness due to changes in breast appearance following cancer treatment or other factors. It's crucial to choose a breast reconstruction specialist in the Nashville & Franklin, TN area like Dr. Higdon, who combines expertise in plastic surgery with a deep understanding of breast oncology. Before proceeding, Dr. Higdon conducts a comprehensive consultation to evaluate your medical history, physical anatomy, treatment goals, and concerns, guiding you through personalized treatment plans prioritizing safety, efficacy, and emotional well-being. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Higdon at Higdon Plastic Surgery to explore whether breast reconstruction is the right choice for restoring your confidence and enhancing your quality of life.

What to Expect The Breast Cancer Reconstruction Procedure

Breast reconstruction envelopes a variety of procedures that are tailored to your unique needs and preferences. After total mastectomy, the most common method of reconstruction is the use of implants, also called alloplastic reconstruction. This most common type of reconstruction usually involves two stages, often beginning with placing a tissue expander, a temporary implant that is filled over time to stretch the tissues in the chest area. This usually involves the addition of acellular dermal matrix, a biological mesh, or other mesh, used to add soft tissue support to your reconstruction. The second step involves inserting a permanent implant and is often combined with additional procedures to improve the result of the reconstruction, such as autologous fat grafting. Dr. Higdon may also discuss with you less commonly used options for reconstruction using your own tissues, called autologous reconstruction. Choosing between implant-based and autologous reconstruction depends on factors like anatomy, medical history, planned and prior treatments, and personal preferences. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and can take several hours to complete, with the exact duration varying based on the complexity of the mastectomy performed by your breast cancer surgeon, as well as the reconstruction portion performed by Dr. Higdon. Advanced surgical techniques are employed throughout the procedure to shape and contour the breast mound meticulously, ensuring natural-looking results that can restore symmetry and balance. Dr. Higdon and our team prioritize patient safety and comfort, employing the latest advancements in breast reconstruction medical and surgical treatments to achieve optimal outcomes that meet your needs.

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Breast Cancer Reconstruction Recovery

Following breast reconstruction surgery in Nashville & Franklin, TN with Dr. Higdon, you can expect a period of downtime and gradual recovery. Initially, discomfort, swelling, and bruising may occur in the treated area, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication and supportive measures.  Dr. Higdon uses advanced prescribing methods that he helped develop, with a multi-modal analgesia approach that minimizes the need for narcotic prescriptions for his patients after surgery.   It's essential to follow the postoperative instructions we provide to promote proper healing and minimize the risk of complications. We typically advise patients to refrain from strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks to allow the body to heal effectively. Gradually, most individuals can resume light activities and return to normal routines over the following weeks and months.

Attending follow-up appointments as scheduled is important to monitor progress, address concerns, and ensure optimal healing. During these visits, Dr. Higdon will assess the surgical site, guide scar care, and discuss the next steps in the recovery process. While full results may take time to develop as swelling subsides and tissues settle, patients can expect a gradual improvement in the appearance and feel of their reconstructed breasts, ultimately restoring confidence and well-being. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions as your healing progresses.

Why Choose Higdon Plastic Surgery?

Choosing Higdon Plastic Surgery for your breast reconstruction journey means entrusting your care to a team with unparalleled expertise and compassion. Led by Dr. Kye Higdon, a board-certified plastic surgeon with a background in aesthetic breast surgery and breast oncologic reconstruction, our practice is uniquely equipped to address the complex needs of breast cancer survivors. Dr. Higdon's specialized knowledge and experience allow for a comprehensive approach to breast reconstruction, ensuring optimal outcomes and patient satisfaction. We understand the emotional challenges and insecurities that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent reconstruction, which is why we prioritize personalized care and open communication throughout the process. Schedule a consultation at Higdon Plastic Surgery today to explore your options and take the first step on your restoration journey. We are proud to be located in Franklin, TN, providing top-quality cosmetic surgery services to our local community and beyond. Situated in the heart of Franklin, our clinic is conveniently accessible to residents of Brentwood, Cool Springs, and Nashville, TN, seeking expert care and transformative procedures.

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