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After undergoing a mastectomy due to breast cancer, many women feel deficient and unattractive and are self-conscious about their appearance. They may worry that people will see them differently after surgery, or that they will look and feel less feminine than before. Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub—a board-certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale—performs breast reconstruction surgery to help these women regain a sense of wholeness again, both mentally and physically.

Breast Reconstruction Options

The treatment of breast cancer is not only physically deforming but also stressful and even devastating, mentally and emotionally. The procedure exacts a high toll on a woman’s psyche and her femininity. Breast reconstruction, therefore, can serve not only to physically recreate a facsimile of the breast but also to lessen the emotional impact from the deforming treatment of the cancer. It must be understood that no matter what technique is employed, the ultimate result is a representation and not a perfect replica of the original breast. It will never look, feel or respond the same way.

Fantastic and very experience plastic surgeon. Dr. Turkeltaub changed my life. I had a double mastectomy and two failed breast reconstruction surgeries before Dr. Turkeltaub created his miracle with my breast. I am so glad I found him. He gave me hope, confidence back, and made me feel beautiful again. I highly recommend him.

Tina Poplaski-Hockenbroch

October 13, 2017

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There are many techniques and variations that can be employed for breast reconstruction. These can be categorized into three general groups as listed below.

The utilization of acellular dermal matrices (ADM’s) such as Alloderm® and Strattice® and fat injections (lipofilling) in the process of breast reconstruction has led to even better outcomes with greater predictability, control and precision. These generally complement the above approaches.

Breast reconstruction can be performed either immediately at the time of the mastectomy or at a later date and there are several pros and cons for each approach. Multiple issues should be reviewed when making this decision.

Another consideration is what to do with the other breast. In a majority of situations, the (anticipated) appearance of the reconstructed breast will be significantly different from the uninvolved side. The larger, broader and droopier the normal side is the greater this disparity will be. In order to obtain closer symmetry, the unaffected side may benefit from a breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction. Some women do not want anything done on this side which is a personal decision. For those who elect to proceed, it is important to know that insurance carriers are mandated to cover this procedure as well.

Nipple-areola complexes can also be reconstructed for some finishing touches. A variety of techniques exist which can yield a very realistic outcome. These can also be tattooed for greater refinement and realism.

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*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Turkeltaub will discuss all the available options in great detail with each patient in order to help them make the most educated decisions for their reconstruction.

Benefits of Breast Reconstruction

Having breast cancer and then undergoing a partial or total removal of one’s breast is quite traumatic. Though a reconstructed breast can never truly replace one’s natural breast, it does serve to make a woman feel more “whole”, attractive, self-confident and feminine again. Dr. Turkeltaub can assist you in your quest for more normalcy through breast reconstruction.

Breast Reconstruction Before-and-After Photos*

Dr. Turkeltaub is a very experienced plastic surgeon who has performed a large number of breast reconstructions in 30 years of practice. The following are examples of his results.

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*Individual Results May Vary

*Individual Results May Vary

Learn More About Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Dr. Turkeltaub offers caring advice and pleasing reconstructive surgery to women who are interested in breast reconstruction surgery. Contact our practice today to schedule a convenient initial consultation.

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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