Breast Reconstruction



Breast reconstruction involves recreating the breast form following all or part of its removal due to cancer. The creation of a long-lasting, symmetrical, and beautiful breast helps restore confidence, femininity, and self-esteem in women following breast cancer treatment.

These procedures involve the use of breast implants, your own tissue, or a combination of both. Dr. Yates works with patients undergoing both immediate (at the time of surgery) and delayed (a period of time after the breast was removed) reconstruction. She offers tissue expanders, implants, and free flap reconstructions. Dr. Yates will work with you to determine the right reconstruction method to meet your goals. She also performs complex revision procedures and uses ADM (acellular dermal matrix) and fat grafting to optimize previously reconstructed breasts. Dr. Yates strives for an excellent aesthetic outcome when reconstructing the breast, and she commonly cares for patients who have or are undergoing radiation therapy. 


Nipple tattoos

A nipple tattoo is a realistic, 3D image of the nipple-areola complex for women who have undergone a mastectomy procedure. Nipple tattoos may be used to create a new nipple areola complex or enhance an existing nipple tattoo that has faded over time. This procedure is often covered by your health insurance provider as a stage in your reconstructive journey. Please be advised that nipple tattoos do require prior authorization.

Duration: 1 to 2 hrs; 30mins – 1hr/breast

Downtime: None



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