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Flap Procedure in Los Angeles, CA

Because of the significant healthy blood supply of the latissimus dorsi muscle, the flap procedure is an excellent option for individuals with tissue damage following radiation treatment for all Beverly Hills and Los Angeles residents when performed at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute by board-certified plastic surgeon and internationally sought after breast reconstruction expert, Dr. Jamie S. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

What is Flap Procedure?

Dr. Schwartz began his career at Georgetown University Hospital where his expertise in breast reconstruction for breast cancer patients gave him the structural knowledge and experience necessary to really be able to help patients who are faced with an unforeseen challenge and the wish to have breast reconstruction surgery done so they can live their lives to the fullest. From start to finish, Dr. Schwartz is down to earth and personable and if your wish is for natural-looking breast reconstruction results, a latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction will provide excellent outcomes, for those patients addressing mastectomy and breast cancer-related challenges.

Benefits of Flap Procedure

The benefits of a flap procedure from Dr. Schwartz is that by harvesting the latissimus dorsi muscle and the overlying skin paddle from your upper back, while leaving its native blood supply intact, this approach offers the opportunity for more solid structural support than an implant alone can, and it is a technique that is very useful when there is a real concern regarding blood supply in the remaining skin envelope following a mastectomy. Dr. Schwartz’s years of dedication to surgical reconstruction for women undergoing breast cancer treatment have given him the range of experience necessary to help you, and his involvement in teaching and training other plastic surgeons from across the nation and around the world in the latest advances in breast reconstruction give him an added advantage from a patient’s perspective in that he has the benefits of being a teacher of, in addition to being a leading practitioner in, the most scientifically innovative breast reconstruction techniques and capabilities.

Is Flap Procedure Right For Me?

Schedule your consultation now with internationally recognized breast reconstruction expert Dr. Jaime Schwartz. He will give you a better idea of what is happening to you from a physical point of view and what your options are so that you can make an informed choice that is in your best interests. For many patients, it was during their consultation with Dr. Schwartz that, for the first time they realized that they had other choices. Dr. Schwartz uses his consults as an opportunity to arm you with the right information to make an informed decision that you can feel secure and happy about, armed not only with knowledge but also comforted by the fact that Dr. Schwartz’s perspective combines the very best of reconstructive surgical expertise and the refined artistic talents of the top aesthetic plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.

Elements of a Flap Procedure

This form of breast reconstruction involves harvesting the latissimus dorsi muscle and the overlying skin paddle from the upper back while leaving its native blood supply intact.  The flap is then tunneled around to the chest, to creating a natural-looking breast mound.  Once the breast mound has been created, an expander or implant may be placed to add volume and contour to the breast to enhance its natural appearance.

What Is a Flap Procedure?

The flap procedure technique is very useful if there is concern about the blood supply in the remaining skin envelope following your mastectomy and it also offers more support than an implant alone due to the natural structural robustness of the latissimus dorsi foundation for your new breasts. The flap procedure is often used as a 2ndor 3rd line technique when a typical one or two stage breast reconstruction approach either isn’t possible – or has failed.  In Dr. Schwartz’s skilled hands this technique creates a very natural-looking breast mound, and once the breast mound has been created, an expander or implant is placed to add volume and contour to your breast.

How Long Is The Recovery After a Flap Procedure?

Dr. Schwartz will discuss how long your recovery will be following your flap procedure during your consultation. Dr. Schwartz will make you feel comfortable and let you ask as many questions as you want without the feeling of having been rushed. Because of the significant healthy blood supply to the latissimus dorsi muscle, this procedure is also an excellent option for those individuals with tissue damage following radiation treatment. Schedule your consultation now and take this opportunity to find out more about your options.

What Does Breast Reconstruction With A Latissimus Dorsi Flap Involve?

This form of breast reconstruction involves harvesting the latissimus dorsi muscle and overlying skin paddle from the upper back while leaving its native blood supply intact. The flap is then tunneled around to the chest, creating a natural-looking breast mound. Once the breast mound has been created, an expander or implant may be placed to add volume and contour to the breast.

When Is It Appropriate To Utilize A Latissimus Dorsi Flap In Breast Reconstruction?

This technique is very useful when there is concern regarding blood supply in the remaining skin envelope following the mastectomy. Additionally, it offers more support than an implant alone; it is often used as a 2nd or 3rd line technique when a typical one- or two-stage reconstruction is not possible or has failed. Because of the significant healthy blood supply of the latissimus dorsi muscle, this procedure is an excellent option for individuals with tissue damage following radiation treatment.

Are Additional Surgical Procedures Required, After A Latissimus Dorsi Flap?

Keep in mind that the Latissimus Dorsi Flap may only part of your breast reconstruction process. Other procedures, such breast implant placement may still be required. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Schwartz will help you to establish a comprehensive plan to address all of your concerns and goals for surgery.

How Much Does a Flap Procedure Cost?

You want to do it right the first time when it comes to breast reconstruction surgery, so choose Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute, the best way for you to obtain the best possible flap procedure result. The atmosphere and environment at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute are soothing, and Dr. Schwartz makes you feel that you are not only in a very professional setting but that you are also very comfortable. The staff of Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute are amazing and interact with patients like friends, so you will feel like you’re an extended part of the family. Our state of the art operating rooms comes with all of the equipment you would find in a normal hospital setting, and your cost for the procedure will vary based on your personal needs, aspirations and safety considerations. During your consultation, Dr. Schwartz will discuss your options and together you will come up with a plan of treatment that is appropriate for you. Dr. Schwartz accepts all forms of payment and offers excellent financing options to make more procedures available to more patients.

What Should I Do Next?

You want to look like yourself, only better, so contact us now to set up your flap reconstruction consultation with Dr. Schwartz, a Real Self Top 100 “Top Plastic Surgeon” and Southern California 2016 Super Doctors “Rising Stars” who is always at heart a plastic surgeon who loves his job and is grateful to be able to improve the lives of his patients. We are dedicated to educating our patients so that they feel empowered to participate in their own care, and Dr. Schwartz will really make you feel safe and confident about your decision to go forward with your procedure.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Jamie S. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S., at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute, offers safe and effective flap procedures to the residents of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and surrounding cities in California. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.