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
"My diep flap reconstruction went smoothly. No 2nd touchup needed. I healed in 4 weeks and resumed my life. I am almost a year out since my reconstruction. I highly recommend this office & Dr Chevray. His team, Caroline & Patrick also helped me along this journey of recovery. I'm so happy with my results!"- J.C. / Google / Nov 05, 2020
"Dr Spiegel and her team are exceptionally talented and deeply committed to their patients and their physical and emotional journey. I had full reconstruction with DIEP flap and the results are spectacular. She and her team are truly gifted with their skills and medical expertise."- L.N. / Healthgrades / Dec 31, 2020
"Five stars is not near enough to rate the exceptional talent and the caring nature of Dr Spiegel and her team. Her ability to restore a woman to their natural self is miraculous. Not only am I beyond pleased, but Dr's that I see are in awe of what she was able to accomplish with my reconstruction."- L.N. / Google / Jan 02, 2021
"I found Dr Chevray to be very direct and professional in his approach. He was also companionate and willing to educate. Many women have the reconstructive experience only once, making the first impression the only impression. I would choose Dr Chevray again!"- D.I. / Google / Jan 20, 2021
"Dr. Chevray is an amazing doctor. I have been a patient of his (as well as two of my sisters and my niece) this past year after finding out I (we) carry the BRCA1 gene; so all the surgeries were preventive surgeries. From the first appointment with Dr. Chevray and his amazing staff they make you feel like family. Their kindness, caring and they way they comfort you will always have a special place in my heart. I am also hearing impaired so communication can be very difficult for me and not one time did Dr. Chevray nor his staff make me feel uncomfortable. They always went beyond the extra to make sure I understood my condition/ procedures at that time. Whether they had to draw pictures/diagrams, excessive repeating themselves over and over again, looking at me with direct contact so I could read their lips so I was able to communicate with them and understand what procedures that were being done at that time. I truly do not think I could have made it thru this difficult time in my life without Dr. Chevray and course Carol and Patrick. Thank you for being the doctor you are and thank you to you and your staff (even the receptionist) for being so understanding of my condition and making me feel like family."- K. / Google / Jan 20, 2021
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.