What About Breast Implants?
When faced with the decision to have breast reconstruction after mastectomy, you can rely on Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. to design a plan to recreate your breasts with implants. Our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel, is available in Houston, TX to reconstruct your breast with outstanding results. When using your own body tissues in your breast reconstruction is not possible, or you have a failed autologous tissue flap reconstruction, you do have an option with breast implants. This treatment is usually performed in two stages.
The first surgery involves the placement of a tissue expander. Once the skin is adequately stretched in 4 – 6 months, the expanders can be removed, and your breast implants can be placed in the next surgery. After a one-on-one implant-based breast reconstruction consultation, Dr. Spiegel will create an individualized surgical plan. We will also work with you and your other medical providers to make sure the timing is right and if any of your surgeries can be combined for immediate breast reconstruction at Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D.
Types of Breast Implants
Although flaps are a common and successful method for breast reconstruction surgery, you may want to rebuild your breasts with the tissue expansion method and saline or silicone breast implants.
Your implant-based breast reconstruction will take place in an operating room with general anesthesia. Dr. Spiegel will make space using a tissue expander method. This means that she will create space with a tissue expander below the breast wall. She will also reshape your overall breasts and suture the incisions closed. Over the next 4 – 6 weeks, you will need to come to Dr. Spiegel to have it filled with saline. The area has to be properly stretched out for saline or silicone breast implants. After your breast reconstruction with breast implants, you may also want to improve the appearance of your nipple/areola complex. There are several procedures to rebuild the nipple/areola complex for attractive results. If you are interested in having your nipple/areola complex tattooed onto your reconstructed breast(s), you should talk to Dr. Spiegel during your initial consultation. She will discuss your options to help you decide whether you would like nipple tattooing to be a part of your treatment plan. This would be another appointment later in your recovery.
"I cannot recommend Dr Spiegel and her team more highly. I attended her clinic when having trouble with uncomfortable implants after a previous mastectomy. Dr Spiegel suggested DIEP procedure and I was really not sure. Over the coming months both she and her team explained the procedure, the benefits and results and implications. I decided to go ahead and I could not be more happy with the results. I look like I would have done pre mastectomy. I have been amazed by the continued care and concern of the whole team from the finance folk to the clinic nurses and doctors and their absolute pleasure in seeing my delight. A fantastic experience and I can't thank them enough."- C.A. / Google / Aug 01, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel and her wonderful staff got me through the most difficult experience of my life. Going through mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction is traumatic. I chose her over other Houston area surgeons and felt that I could trust her. Everyone in her office supported me each step of the way. First, and foremost, this is a major surgery and you rely on medical excellence to avoid important risks. She is a perfectionist regarding medical safety. Next, her artistry is outstanding. She got the best result that could be possible. Finally, if you have radiation, it is a long journey of several years to get from the beginning to end of the process, involving a year of a temporary expander before the final reconstruction. It is important to have a team that you can have that trusting supportive relationship over time. I feel very lucky and grateful that I was in the hands of this wonderful group of highly skilled women."- L.S. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel was highly recommended by my oncologist. It had become necessary that I look into reconstruction and a lymph node transplant. Dr. Spiegel does amazing work. She loves what she does and it shows in the results that she achieves. I am very happy that I chose her for this journey! Her support staff are wonderful to work with as well!"- D.M. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel is my guardian angel and I owe her and her entire team and staff a debt of gratitude that I will ever be able to repay! I am one year out from my original Diep flap surgery with her and I feel great- like myself again! After undergoing a prophylactic mastectomy ( due to testing positive for the BRCA 2 gene and strong family cancer) and getting breast implants with another doctor, Dr. Spiegel saved my life by removing the implants and performing Deip surgery. The implants cased me so much pain and diminished my quality of life but now I have it back. I have no more pain and my breasts are soft again and created from my very own tissue. Thank you Dr. Spiegel!"- J.A. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel is simply fantastic. I am so grateful to her and her whole staff (Alexis/Nicole/Lisa/Aidee/Angie) for the wonderful care and support given to me from my very first visit to their office. Dr. Spiegel is so thorough that during the course of my visits, she insisted that I consult a GI doctor for my distended stomach. Turns out that I had an H Pylori infection for which I had to be treated. No other doctors had ever looked past their specialties to treat the whole individual, and I am 59 years old. Subsequently, Dr. Spiegel pushed for an endoscopy, and it was discovered that I had an ulcer for which I was treated. From cardio work up, lab tests to chest xrays, Dr. Spiegel ensured that I was in top shape for surgery and made sure that I understood all aspects of the procedure and treatment.During my stay at the hospital, Dr. Spiegel, Alexis, Nicole, Dr. Arroyo, and Dr. Vo infused me with so much strength, support and kindness that I have no words to express my gratitude and appreciation. It's been one month since my surgery and I'm feeling good, healing very well and going back to work next week. Awesome doctor and wonderful staff."- R.L. / Google / Jun 08, 2019
Considering BReast Implants?
You can have a private consultation for implant-based breast reconstruction at Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. Every breast reconstruction is essentially customized. Dr. Spiegel will create your treatment plan from your medical and aesthetic needs and concerns. After examining you, she will make her recommendations on suitable breast reconstruction techniques. While Dr. Spiegel strives to create a natural appearance, your reconstructed breast(s) may not have the same look, feel, or sensation as your original breast(s). It is vital that you understand realistic expectations for results. You should get clearance from your oncology doctor to undergo reconstruction surgery and talk to Dr. Spiegel regarding any other medical conditions that may impact your recovery and appearance of your breasts.
Your Staged Reconstruction
There is no single reconstruction technique that is right for every patient. The best method for you will depend on your medical needs, aesthetic wants, and body proportions. In your initial consultation, Dr. Spiegel will explain your choices, including both flaps and implants. We want you to understand the advantages and drawbacks of each before you decide on your treatment plan. Whether you decide on implants or a flap, Dr. Spiegel will do her best to make your results look natural.
After Reconstructive Surgery
Surgical breast reconstruction is performed in several stages. Some patients will require an overnight stay — this is based on the actual phase of your treatment. Follow all of Dr. Spiegel's after-surgery instructions to control infection, bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Over time, your reconstructed breasts with implants should look shapely and contoured. Even with breast implants, regular check-ups with breast exams and mammograms are important and recommended to check for new cancer growths.
Call Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D.
While the breast reconstruction process can take time, it is probably one of the top beneficial cosmetic surgeries for our Houston, TX patients at Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. Implant-based breast reconstruction can improve the physical and emotional impact of breast cancer. We want you to love your body and boost your self-confidence and femininity. We invite you to contact our Houston, TX office and make an appointment with Dr. Spiegel.