A mastectomy is a potentially life-saving breast cancer treatment. But the procedure can leave you feeling asymmetrical or incomplete.
At SP Plastic Surgery, LLC, we offer two forms of breast reconstruction: reconstruction with implants and the DIEP flap technique.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Stephanie Peng in Plymouth, MN, takes measures to reduce operating room time and minimize discomfort.
How Can Reconstructive Surgery Help You?
Restore Lost Breast Tissue
In some cases, the only way to effectively treat breast cancer is to remove one or both of the breasts. Although you can opt for a prosthesis, plastic surgery allows you to permanently restore your breast tissue and achieve the figure you had before breast cancer.
Improve Your Self-Esteem
Symmetrical breasts can help you feel more confident, no matter what you wear. Whether you choose saline or silicone implants or an autologous flap (a technique that uses your own tissue), you can expect beautiful, natural-looking results.
Gain Peace of Mind
Breast reconstruction using a flap has an incredibly high success rate–over 98 percent. Under the care of a highly qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Peng, you can expect a quicker reconstructive surgery, expedited recovery, and life-changing results at our Plymouth practice.
Want to Learn More about Your Options? Request a Consultation with Our Plastic Surgeon Today
If you've been faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, you need a qualified, compassionate team on your side. Dr. Stephanie Peng is a renowned plastic surgeon who has helped many women restore their figures after breast cancer. In addition to being board-certified, she is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Her office is conveniently located in Plymouth, just ten miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota. To schedule a consultation at her practice, request an appointment online or call us:
Plymouth, MN, Patients Love Dr. Peng
One of the best doctors I've ever known. Since I first met with Dr Peng in October 2017 she has been open and caring. She listens to me before she makes suggestions on my care. That's because I can see she really cares!
Dr. Peng is a wonderful doctor who is communicative, professional, and extremely reassuring. If you need a hand injury specialist I cannot recommend her enough. I always feel well informed and listened to. She clearly cares for and respects her patients.View On Healthgrades
If you choose to undergo reconstruction with implants (similar to breast augmentation surgery) at our Plymouth office, Dr. Peng will place a tissue expander and Alloderm® donor tissue between your pectoralis muscle and chest wall at the same time as your mastectomy. Although the process of breast reconstruction surgery with implants varies from person to person, you can generally expect several steps:
Breast Reconstruction with a DIEP Flap
The second type of breast reconstruction we offer at our Plymouth office is deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap surgery. The deep inferior epigastric artery (DIEA) runs through the abdomen, branching out into small perforators that penetrate through the muscles and fat into the overlying skin. When abdominal tissue is removed, the accompanying main artery and its DIEPs are also removed with it. These DIEPs can then be connected to the internal mammary artery, allowing for blood flow to the new breast mound. Because there is blood flow to the area, the belly tissue has a better chance of survival in the chest wall.
Breast reconstruction with a DIEP flap is a good option for women who want to use their own tissue to restore the breast. DIEP reconstruction may be performed at the same time as a mastectomy or during a later date. During a DIEP reconstruction, Dr. Peng will use skin and fat from the lower abdomen to reconstruct the breast mound.
Breast reconstruction using the flap technique can take anywhere from six to eight hours for unilateral reconstruction and ten to twelve hours for bilateral reconstruction. Although breast reconstruction with a DIEP flap varies from patient to patient, you can generally expect:
Which Type of Breast Reconstruction Surgery Is Right for You?
The decision to undergo a breast reconstruction procedure is a very personal choice.
If you prefer to use your own tissue rather than a lifelong prosthesis or breast implant (which will need to be replaced every decade or so), reconstruction with a tissue flap may be a better option for you. Flap reconstruction also eliminates the risk of complications like implant rupture and capsular contracture. If you've had complications with your implants in the past, the flap technique may also be better suited for you.
Still not sure which option is right for you? Call to request a consultation with our plastic surgeon:
Plymouth, MN, Patients Praise Our Office
Experience with dr. Peng has been absolutely wonderful so far I have completed two surgeries with her once I left and a panniculectomy and I'm scheduled for some other surgeries I find her to be open honest compassionate non-judgemental and an excellent surgeon I have recommended her to co-workers and they too are also satisfied with the resultsView On Healthgrades
I have been a patient of Dr Peng's since October 2017 and she has always been super polite, professional, and caring! She listens first, always makes me feel like she wants to understand me and my needs before making any suggestions for next steps. Others have come with me to my appointments with Dr Peng and have been impressed with your skill and understanding. Being Dr Peng's patient has been one of the wisest decisions in my life.View On Healthgrades
Still Have Reservations? Rest Assured
Many women are hesitant to undergo reconstruction with a DIEP flap because of the long anesthesia time and the six-week recovery. But Dr. Peng uses a two-surgeon approach to reduce operating room time. To make the procedure as comfortable as possible, she also provides surgery candidates with:
- Medication before surgery to ensure your complete comfort
- A catheter in the donor site that infuses local anesthetic into the abdominal incision for three days after surgery
For many patients, the benefits of a DIEP breast reconstruction are well worth the longer surgical time and extensive recovery. But no matter what type of reconstruction you choose, Dr. Peng will provide a detailed list of pre- and post-operative instructions at our Plymouth office to guide you through a safe surgery and smooth recovery. She will also provide full disclosure about the risks of each type of surgery to help you make an informed choice.
Reviews From Thankful Plymouth, MN, Patients
Dr. Peng and her staff and kind & caring. They take their time with you and explain things thoroughly. Dr. Peng has made me feel very comfortable with my treamtment & I am very happy I choose her to be my Doctor.View On Google
Had an injury, was getting it checked up they were able to squeeze me into a busy schedule, im all good so it was a very quick visit but eveyone was nice there.View On Google
Is Breast Reconstruction Surgery Covered by Insurance?
Many women affected by breast cancer are worried that they can't afford to work with a plastic surgeon for their treatment. But women with breast cancer are protected by the law.
The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) requires health plans and insurance companies that cover mastectomies to also provide coverage for reconstructive procedures after a mastectomy. According to this law, all stages of breast reconstruction must be covered, including cosmetic concerns and complications.
With help from your insurance, you can afford the highly personalized and professional care of Dr. Peng, a top plastic surgeon, at our Plymouth practice.