About Breast Reconstruction
Surgical breast reconstruction is performed to restore form and function to the chest following a mastectomy or lumpectomy. It may also be used to restore the chest or breasts if the patient is insecure about a birth defect or physical trauma. Advanced options in reconstructive surgery make it possible for breast cancer patients to feel complete and have breasts that look natural and boost your self-confidence. This surgery may involve several procedures at different stages that may either be performed along with your cancer treatment or delayed until the treatment is complete. At the Institute for Reconstructive Surgery, our advanced training in microsurgery enables our skilled surgeons to perform advanced techniques improving the outcomes and quality of life for our patients in Houston, Sugar Land and the greater Texas areas.
Breast Reconstruction Reviews
"I'm BRCA1 positive. I had ovarian cancer in 2015-16 with 6 rounds of chemo. November 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr Echo did my breast reconstruction after my double mastectomy. He made sure I understood every step that was to take place pre-OR, during surgery and post-op. Dr. Echo answered all my question, understood my fears and cared about my feelings. I would highly recommend Dr. Echo!!"- B. / Healthgrades / Mar 28, 2017
"After being diagnosed with breast cancer only six weeks after giving birth, my life was turned upside down over night. I immediately started chemo therapy, and a few moths later I was researching reconstructive surgeons. Dr. Spiegel came highly recommended by my oncologist, and I'd later find out it was for very good reason. Not only was I welcomed very warmly by everyone in the office, Dr. Spiegel showed me such a great deal of compassion that it really helped to put my mind at ease for my upcoming surgery. It was very clear from the wealth of information on her website, her tutorial videos, and the personal attention from everyone in office - from her PA's, to the office manager to her billing specialist - that everyone there was working together, fighting together, for the absolute best experience and results for the patient. The whole process from start to finish took a holistic approach to treating the patient. I ended up getting the DIEP Flap reconstruction surgery, and I was very worried about the final results - not just the look of the breasts, but also the abdominal scar. Dr. Spiegel explained everything in great detail to me, assured me she was going to make it all look wonderful, and after just having finished the second surgery (the cosmetic phase), I am thrilled with how it all looks so far. I'm still healing, but I cannot believe how great it all already looks. Dr. Spiegel surpassed my expectations, which were already very high. She's given me back a body I'd thought I'd never have again. My breasts look like they did when I was 20, maybe even better. And while there's no getting around the fact that this type of surgery leaves a long abdominal scar, her work left a very clean, soft line. One that over time, I know will fade and blend nicely. She contoured my entire abdominal and thigh area, and used that tissue to reconstruct the breasts. It all looks incredible. She's truly an artist. I'd highly recommend her to anyone thinking about about getting this complex surgery done after a double mastectomy. Thank you Dr. Spiegel and all you amazing souls at her office. You all helped me tremendously through such a terrifying time in my life and shepherded me to the other side of it."- C.S. / Google / Dec 16, 2018
"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 16, 2019
"I had a breast reconstruction and I highly recommend Dr. Ellsworth. He has a great group of people and professionals in his office."- M.P. / Facebook / Jul 09, 2016
"This sounds crazy, but Dr. Spiegel and her staff made my breast reconstruction pleasant! She is caring first, but also professional and talented. I look better than I did before breast cancer. If you have faced breast cancer, do yourself a favor and call her office."- E.G. / Google / Aug 16, 2014
Reconstruction of the breast(s) is a very personalized surgery. Every patient will receive an in-depth consultation appointment with the surgeon of their choice to decide on their surgical plan and learn about their treatment options. Our skilled team will help you make informed choices based on your concerns and aesthetic goals. At the Institute for Reconstructive Surgery, we strive to get you back to the moments in life that have nothing to do with cancer. As microsurgically trained surgeons, we are able to offer neurotization options to qualified patients, potentially restoring sensation to their new breasts providing them the opportunity to feel a hug from a loved one.
Breast Reconstruction techniques and options have advanced significantly over the years. At the Institute for Reconstructive Surgery, many of our surgeons were one of the first to perform advanced techniques such as DIEP Flap and ReSensation in the Houston, TX area. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss all of your options with you to ensure you are able to make an informed decision about your care. We will then work very closely with other members of your care team such as your breast surgeon and oncologist to provide a collaborative care approach. Our most commonly performed breast reconstruction techniques include:
- Flap-based breast procedures (DIEP Flap, TRAM Flap, LAT Flap, TAP Flap, SGAP Flap)
- Lumpectomy reconstruction
- Implant-based reconstruction including direct to implant reconstruction
- Neurotization (ReSensation)
- Breast Reconstruction Revision
- Nipple tattooing and Nipple Reconstruction
What to Expect
Surgical breast reconstruction is a very personalized procedure. Depending on your reconstruction plan, there may be multiple steps and/or surgeries involved. We tailor a detailed plan to each individual patients needs and goals. We will discuss in depth what to expect at each step of the process. We will also provide you with direct contact information to ensure we can answer questions in a prompt timeframe.
Reconstructed and Renewed
Although the process of breast reconstruction can take time, it's considered one of the most beneficial surgeries for women with breast cancer. It may help improve the emotional and physical impact of a mastectomy or lumpectomy while also allowing you to boost your self-confidence and regain a high quality of life. If you have breast cancer, have had an injury to the chest, or have a congenital defect that affects the appearance of your breasts, we encourage you to contact one of our office locations and schedule your consultation with one of our highly skilled breast reconstruction surgeons.