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Autoderm in Los Angeles, CA

Meeting the needs of breast-reconstruction patients with an extremely safe and effective technique, Autoderm, exclusively developed at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jamie S. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S., Autoderm could be the perfect solution for all Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area residents, or patients from around the country or around the globe, who want to have an alternative to acellular dermal matrix (ADM).

What is Autoderm?

Autoderm is a one-of-a-kind technique developed by Dr. Schwartz as an alternative to acellular dermal matrix (ADM) (Alloderm, FlexHD) for breast reconstruction. ADM is a cadaveric skin graft (from a donor) where all the cells have been removed, so it is basically a dermal, or collagen graft that your body grows in to meet naturally. This can be necessary when a patient wants adequate muscle tissue to cover an implant or tissue expander completely. However, if a woman has a large breast with a lot of skin, Dr. Schwartz has developed the Autoderm technique as a way to utilize all of the breast skin and, in some cases, ideally sparing the underlying musculature.

Benefits of Autoderm

Autoderm allows for very little pain and also delimits the potentiality of animation deformity (when an implant moves during flexing of the chest) thanks to an adjustable saline implant that can be placed during the initial surgery and is expanded over a period of time in the office. Since Dr. Schwartz only uses the skin, which is numb from the mastectomy, he is able to expand a lot more rapidly than other approaches are capable of doing, and sometimes he is able to put in the permanent silicone implant prior to other treatments.

Is Autoderm Right For Me?

The best way to find out if Autoderm is right for you is to schedule your consultation now with Autoderm’s inventor and creator, world-renowned breast reconstruction expert, Dr. Jaime Schwartz. This procedure minimizes pain, and the chance of implant movement, and furthermore, the only scar is typically “hidden” at the bottom of your breast crease and not across the breast itself.

Elements of an Autoderm

Autoderm is a one-of-a-kind technique developed by Dr. Schwartz and for those patients with a large breast and a lot of skin, Dr. Schwartz utilizes all of your breast skin and as much as possible, spares the underlying musculature.  You can also have the choice of leaving the saline implant and just removing the port, which may be done during an in-office visit.  This procedure minimizes pain and the chances of implant movement.  Also, the only scar is typically “hidden” at the bottom of the breast crease and not across the breast.  Furthermore, if there are complications, Dr. Schwartz can still use your local muscle rather than a distant flap.

What Is an Autoderm Procedure?

Autoderm was created by Dr. Schwartz to meet the needs of breast reconstruction patients.  It is an extremely safe and effective technique.  As the patient’s own skin is used, which remains vascularized, the graft quickly adheres to the existing tissue.  Tissue expansion is accomplished with a saline implant, which may be left in permanently or swapped out to a softer silicone implant.  The expansion is generally fast, and, if desired, a second operation to exchange for a permanent silicone implant can be scheduled rather quickly in some circumstances.  This is advantageous to those women who will require radiation or chemotherapy (which normally begins about eight weeks post-op).

Where Does The Tissue For Autoderm Come From?

Autoderm utilizes a patient’s own skin to reconstruct the breast. Due to this fact, the patient will need to have excess skin around the breast to be a successful Autoderm candidate.

Who Is A Good Candidate For A Procedure Using Autoderm?

The ideal candidate for Autoderm will be a woman in overall good health, with a large amount of excess skin surrounding the breast. The procedure works well for women who will require radiation after their mastectomy, as well.

Why Is Autoderm Beneficial Over Other Grafting Methods?

Autoderm allows for a faster tissue expansion, since it spares the pectoralis major muscle, and can mean earlier placement of the implant. The surgical procedure is faster, and holds a smaller incidence of complications, than procedures using an acellular dermal matrix.

Is There Scarring After The Use Of Autoderm?

While a scar does occur after the positioning of Autoderm, this is normally well-concealed along the lower portion of the breast.

Who Created Autoderm And Why?

Dr. Schwartz developed Autoderm as an alternative to acelluar dermal matrix, which he noted in his experience to have an undesirably high complication rate. The acellular dermal matrix is not vascularized, therefore, takes longer to incorporate into the natural breast tissue. Autoderm on the other hand is vascularized, and easily bonds with existing tissues.

Why Choose Dr. Schwartz For Your Breast Reconstruction?

Dr. Schwartz has over 10 years of experience performing plastic and reconstructive procedures. He has assisted hundreds of woman through their breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Dr. Schwartz’ use of Autoderm ensures patients they will receive the safest and most aesthetically pleasing breast reconstruction available today.

Where Are Procedures Using Autoderm Performed?

Dr. Schwartz works out of the Spalding Cosmetic Surgery Center in Beverly Hills, as well as several other Los Angeles area hospitals.

How Long Is The Recovery After an Autoderm Procedure?

Schedule your consultation now, and Dr. Schwartz will answer any questions that you may have about the Autoderm procedure, including how long the recovery is after your Autoderm procedure. Take the first step to a new you today!

How Much Does an Autoderm Procedure Cost?

You want to do it right the first time, so choose Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute, the best way for you to obtain the best possible breast reconstruction results. The atmosphere and environment at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute are soothing, and Dr. Schwartz makes certain that 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 consultation with Dr. Schwartz, inventor of Autoderm and 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 Autoderm procedures to the residents of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and surrounding cities in California. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.