Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Davinci plastic surgery | Washington dc | steven p. davison, md

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION CAN BE dONE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES Of FLAPS OR IMPLANTS. Dr. DAVISON ALSO DOES RECONSTRUCTION FOR PATIENTS THAT ARE BRCA POSITIVE.

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION CAN BE dONE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES Of FLAPS OR IMPLANTS. Dr. DAVISON ALSO DOES RECONSTRUCTION FOR PATIENTS THAT ARE BRCA POSITIVE.

DIEP FLAP BREAST RECONSTRUCTION - Deep Inferior Epigastric Flap

Perforator Flaps represent state-of-the-art techniques in tissue-based breast reconstruction.  Perforator Flaps create a natural looking breast – using your own soft, warm, living tissue – without sacrificing muscle function…

Breast Reconstruction Before and After Photos

Advanced – refined procedures & techniques today enable women to recover quickly & lead normal, happy lives. We believe in tailoring breast reconstruction to each patient using the best alternative – and your own living tissue or implants.

Breast Reconstruction can be performed at the time of the mastectomy - under the same anesthetic - allowing you to wake up with a breast mound in place and enjoy a beautiful, natural looking breast within a short time. DIEP Flap is one of the 4 primary skin and fatty tissue perforator flaps used in breast reconstruction today. DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap) employs excess skin and fat harvested from the lower abdominal area through an incision similar to that used for a tummy tuck.  DIEP Flap reconstruction often results in improved abdominal contour while sparing the rectus abdominal muscle and its overlying fascia. There is significantly less pain, more rapid recovery and the abdominal wall strength is preserved.  DIEP Flap technique offers many benefits for woman who can have this method of breast reconstruction.

 Dr. Davison has years of specialized training and extensive experience in breast reconstruction surgeries. By combining meticulous skill and the supreme elements of art and surgical science - His patients enjoy results that are functional – attractive and natural looking.

 

BENEFITS OF DIEP FLAP BREAST RECONSTRUCTION:

  • DIEP Flap is one today’s primary flap reconstruction techniques
  • DIEP Flap uses living excess skin & fatty tissue from the lower abdomen
  • DIEP Flap reconstruction can be done right after mastectomy surgery
  • DIEP Flap spares abdominal muscle function & abdominal wall strength
  • DIEP Flap often results in improved abdominal contour
  • DIEP Flap involves less pain, shorter recovery time than other techniques
  • DIEP Flap requires meticulous skill for natural looking results

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?

DIEP Flap reconstruction is an excellent choice for many patients, but it is not the best technique for every patient. Several factors are considered such as having enough excess abdominal skin and fatty tissue to use – and others.   Dr. Davison can determine this during your personal consultation. You should also be in otherwise good health and have realistic expectations.

During your consultation -Dr. Davison listens carefully - as this time is critical to developing a clear understanding of your concerns & building a relationship with you.

DIEP FLAP PROCEDURE:

It is ideal for the active patient who wishes to preserve her abdomen strength. After you are anesthetized these are the steps involved in DIEP Flap surgery:

  • It is ideal for the active patient who wishes to preserve her abdomen strength. After you are anesthetized these are the steps involved in DIEP Flap surgery:
  • Tiny blood vessels to the skin and fat are meticulously separated from the rectus abdominus muscle using - microsurgical techniques and technology.
  • The skin and fatty tissue are transferred to the chest – the blood vessels are connected to vessels at the mastectomy site with the aid of a special microscope.
  • The DIEP Flap is sculpted into a breast mound.
  • A new nipple is created usually - 90 days later.
  • There is less pain – shorter recovery time – and no loss of abdominal muscle function – since the muscle has been spared.  Often, the abdomen is more sculpted as another benefit of DIEP Flap surgery.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Where Is DIEP Flap Surgery Performed?
Dr. Davison performs surgeries in several local hospitals including Georgetown, Sibley and Virginia Hospital – the location of the latest NBCS breast cancer center.

Will Insurance Pay For DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Most breast reconstruction surgeries are covered.  Symmetry operations on the other breast for prophylactic surgeries are also usually covered.

How Long Does DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery Take?
This varies with each patient – but it generally takes several hours.  Dr. Davison will be able to give you a time frame during your consultation.

What Is Recovery Like After DIEP Flap Reconstruction?
Recovery time varies with each patient also.  We will give you some guidelines that will help you with planning.  It is important that you have a responsible adult stay with you after your surgery, and for a few days when you get home.

Will I Look Different After DIEP Flap Reconstruction Surgery?
You will wake up with breast mounds in place.  Healing takes time – but you will look very natural when healing is complete.  Our goal is to make the post mastectomy transition as smooth as possible.

What Kind Of Implants Will Be Used If Implants Are Needed?
Dr. Davison will help you determine whether saline or silicone implants are the best choice for your lifestyle and needs.

Is Dr. Davison Well Qualified To Do DIEP Flap Microsurgical Surgeries?
Dr. Davison is exceptionally experienced, skilled and comfortable in performing the latest, most advanced microsurgical techniques for autogenous (your own tissue) breast reconstruction.  Dr. Davison has performed hundreds of DIEP Flap microsurgical reconstructions during his career and he performs them regularly.

WHY CHOOSE A BOARD CERTIFIED SURGEON?
When considering any surgery it is most important to know and trust your surgeon. Dr. Davison is triple board certified and fellowship trained – which means he has specialized training and experience in three subspecialties, and he has met and exceeded the rigorous standards set forth by each board.  To be fellowship trained means that, in addition to his med-school training and residencies, he has had several additional years of specialized surgical training for reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.

At DAVinci – Dr. Davison strives to provide a “patient centric” experience,
combining the supreme elements of art and surgical science.

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Steven P. Davison, MD

Steven P Davison - board certified plastic surgeon

Breast Reconstruction
Plastic Surgeon
Washington, DC and Northern Virginia

Dr. Davison is board certified and fellowship trained with a special interest in breast cancer reconstruction.  His unique and desirable skillset places him in a special league of surgeons who can provide unequaled expertise in full-spectrum plastic and reconstructive surgery.  He is able to effectively deal with other cancers as well, including melanoma and successfully manages many  surgeries of the body, both cosmetic and reconstructive.  Dr. Davison’s interest in breast and body contouring facilitates in his creation of a natural, aesthetic breast that is pleasing to the patient and grants him hundreds of happy patients.