About Reconstructive Surgery
The change in appearance or loss of one of both breasts due to breast cancer treatment or an injury can be corrected with breast reconstruction surgery at Charles P. Virden, MD. Using a variety of techniques for both immediate and delayed reconstruction, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Virden helps patients in the areas in and around Reno, Nevada recover physically and emotionally. Breast reconstruction surgery (also known as reconstructive mammaplasty) helps to restore a normal and natural appearance after a mastectomy, double mastectomy, or trauma to the chest. Dr. Virden can work with the patient's cancer team to develop their best reconstruction plan, whether it is done during the same surgery as the mastectomy or if the reconstruction is delayed until after the breast cancer treatment is complete. Thanks to advanced medical technology and modern surgical techniques, Dr. Virden is better able to help patients look and feel like themselves with breast reconstruction surgery.
With compassion and respect for the patient, our practice offers breast reconstruction surgery to:
- Breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy
- Women who are scheduled to receive aggressive treatment for breast cancer (the removal of one or both breasts)
- Women who have experienced a traumatic injury or have birth defects in the chest area
"His kindness and passion for what he does is beyond what I know as a scrub tech.... I am his patient now and am so excited for what's to come."- A.S. / Facebook / Mar 27, 2021
"I had breast augmentation surgery from Dr. Virden 3 years ago and I could not be happier with the results. He was very thorough in explaining everything I could expect after surgery. To this day people are still impressed with the job he did and how natural my breasts look and feel."- J.L. / Yelp / Mar 18, 2021
"I went to Dr. Virden for plastic surgery on eyes (upper/lower). The doctor and his entire staff were friendly, answered questions professionally, made me feel special and the results are amazing. If you are considering plastic surgery this is the doctor to see. Many blessing to him and his entire staff. You have changed my life!"- R.P. / Google / Mar 12, 2021
"In November, 1996 I had my first surgery a tummy tuck, in August of 2002 I had a facelift. Both surgeries went well and I can not thank Dr. Virden for his talent and kindness. I followed his advice, taking care of my skin and avoiding too much sun. I don't won't to brag but I looked 20 plus years younger and recovered quickly and felt great within days after the surgery, I went back on tour singing within 2 weeks. Now 24 years later I still look 20 years younger with exception to a little sagging under the eyes. I'm in great shape for 78 years old but again you would never know it. I feel great get plenty of exercise a good diet but would like to eliminate the need for friends to say I need to get more sleep, I look great but need to get more sleep. So I'm looking forward to visiting Doctor Virden again for a little surgery that will stop there worry. When you feel that confident about a Special Doctor you want to share your gratitude to others."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Feb 09, 2021
"Knowledgeable and compassionate, always available. He removed my 23yr old implants leaving my natural breast spectacular. Dr. Virden assured me that I didn't need a lift, and he was correct. I couldn't be happier with my results and his whole team. They all treated me like family through the whole process and this is very important to me. I would never go anywhere else!"- V.R. / Facebook / Dec 27, 2020
What to Expect
There are numerous ways to reconstruct the breasts following cancer or trauma. From this stage, several techniques may be considered. Whenever it is possible, the general surgeon and plastic surgeon work together to provide immediate cosmetic results once the breast has been removed or reduced.
- Immediate Reconstruction
Dr. Virden prefers a prepectoral technique where the implant is wrapped in AlloDerm® to prevent contractures. If this is not possible, breast reconstructive surgery can be performed at a later date while the patient recovers and wear prosthetics in the place of the breast.
- Tissue Expansion
The first stage in the reconstruction process generally involves the placement of a tissue expander, which is inserted within the breast pocket. This deflated expander is used to stretch the skin over a period of time to make room for an implant or fat transfer. Once the expander is in place, saline will be injected into it about every 2 – 3 weeks. Once the appropriate size has been achieved, the expander will be replaced with either a silicone or saline implant.
- Latissimus Flap Technique
The LTP flap process involves transferring tissue from the latissimus dorsi muscle and skin to the breast from an area on the thigh.
- TRAM Flap Technique
The TRAM (transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous) flap technique is a reconstruction surgery that is performed in two stages. Tissue, muscle, fat, and skin are taken from the lower abdomen and are used to reshape the chest wall, using as much tissue and fat as needed to produce a desired contour. This is an approach for patients who desire an autologous approach, and wish to not have implants. The patient may also choose to have additional enhancement surgeries to add symmetry, fullness, or skin tightening for more natural-looking results.
If the breast cancer patient will receive chemotherapy after the mastectomy, but wants to have breast implants, they should talk to the plastic surgeon about scheduling the surgeries around their chemotherapy schedule. The patient should not lose hope that the cancer will control what can and cannot been done with plastic surgery.
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Trust our Skilled Surgeon
Contact our friendly patient coordinator about scheduling an appointment to discuss plans breast reconstruction. Patients can schedule a breast reconstruction consultation immediately after their diagnosis to learn more about their options before beginning their treatment. The careful, skillful talent of a board-certified reconstructive surgeon can help you through this difficult physical and emotional diagnosis. Call and schedule an appointment today.