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Breast Reconstruction Reno

The four most common types of breast reconstruction in Reno and Tahoe/Truckee are: immediate reconstruction with a silicone implant utilizing AlloDerm®, tissue expansion, latissimus dorsi flap, and TRAM flap (transverse rectus abdominis muscle). 

Dr. Virden is highly skilled in all techniques for breast reconstruction. If you are serious about improving your image, contact Dr. Virden today. request a consultationrequest a consultation online now. You can also schedule an appointment by calling (775) 348-9798.

Immediate Reconstruction with a Silicone Implant

The newest and most gratifying of the procedures is breast reconstruction with a silicone breast implant, often utilizing AlloDerm®. This technique has many advantages because the mastectomy is performed utilizing a skin-sparing technique which preserves the majority of the skin envelope and results in a minimal scar on the breast. Oftentimes, the nipple and areola can be preserved. No expansion is needed and, therefore, this is a 1-stage procedure. Most patients feel good within 1 week and are back to normal activities in 2 weeks. AlloDerm is a natural skin dermal substitute that is used as a sling to completely cover and protect the implant.

Meet Dr. Virden

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles P. Virden has the credentials you can trust and the experience you need for the results you want.

Meet Dr. Virden  

When you want quality, safety, and excellence in plastic surgery, Reno plastic surgeon Dr. Charles P. Virden delivers.

The Tissue Expansion

This technique involves placing a temporary implant (expander) under the chest muscle and enlarging it weekly with saline injections. Once the expander is stretched enough, it is replaced with a permanent silicone implant. The nipple and the darker skin surrounding it, called the areola, are reconstructed in a subsequent procedure.

The Latissimus Dorsi Flap

This uses back muscle to cover a permanent silicone implant. The tissue is tunneled to the front of the chest wall to support the reconstructed breast. The nipple areola complex is reconstructed at this time.

The TRAM Flap

The TRAM flap, consisting of the lower abdominal skin, fat and muscle with its blood supply, is tunneled beneath the skin to the chest. A breast mound is created without the need for an implant.

It is imperative that the general/oncologic surgeon performing the mastectomy works closely with the plastic and reconstructive surgeon such as Dr. Virden. The best results are achieved following a “skin sparing” mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. Not all general/oncological surgeons perform a “skin sparing” mastectomy. For most mastectomy patients in Tahoe/Truckee and Reno, breast reconstruction can dramatically improve their appearance and quality of life after surgery.

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