Individualized & State-of-the-ArtPenn Medicine Virtua provides innovative, post-mastectomy breast reconstruction through a variety of surgical options designed to meet your unique needs. Our approach to breast reconstruction surgery is as individualized as your treatment plan. Our surgeons are board-certified and nationally recognized cancer reconstruction physicians. While breast reconstruction is considered an elective procedure, it is not solely cosmetic, and insurance will pay for breast reconstruction when a mastectomy is indicated.
All Types of Breast Reconstruction AvailableYou and your plastic surgeon will discuss which type of breast reconstruction surgery best fits you. These options include:
- Implant reconstruction (tissue expander)
- Autologus tissue reconstruction (several types of free flap reconstruction: TRAM, DIEP, SIEA, S-GAP, I-GAP, and TUG/TMG)
- Autologous tissue with implant reconstruction
After breast reconstructive surgery, many women choose to have nipple reconstruction, including nipple tattooing. 3D nipple tattooing creates the illusion of a protruding nipple. For many breast cancer survivors, this option helps provide emotional and physical recovery after breast cancer. Nipple tattooing is performed by a micropigmentation specialist who is board certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation and a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetics. Nipple tattooing benefits:
- Minimal to no pain during procedure
- Complete coordination and consultation of color and size of areola with micro-pigmentation specialist
- Usually completed in one session
- No recovery time needed
Our TeamPost-mastectomy breast reconstruction services are provided by board-certified and fellowship-trained radiation oncologists, medical physicists, medical dosimetrists, radiation therapists, oncology nurses, and social workers. Each patient’s individualized treatment plan is reviewed during a weekly session attended by radiation oncology experts from Penn Medicine and Virtua.
For more information, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).