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Michael Nagy, MD, FACS

Breast Reconstruction

Conveniently located to serve Toms River, Middletown, Freehold, Colts Neck and surrounding areas.

Breast Reconstruction

The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore the breast(s) to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or other trauma. Reconstruction is also a good option for women who lack breasts due to a congenital or developmental abnormality.

At Plastic Surgery for the Face and Body in Wall Township, NJ, Michael Nagy MD, FACS is specifically trained in breast reconstruction, and will be a vital part of your care team as you navigate and explore your reconstruction options. We are proud to offer patients not only our highly experienced surgeons, but individualized care, compassion and commitment in seeing you through the reconstruction process. Our surgeons have successfully performed hundreds of breast reconstructions and have worked closely with many of the prominent breast surgeons in Monmouth and Ocean County.

Making the decision to undergo breast reconstruction is personal; we strive to make all our cancer patients aware they do have a voice and a choice.

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Am I A Good Candidate?

Breast reconstruction is a good option for you if:

  • You are able to cope well with your diagnosis and treatment
  • You do not have additional medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for restoring your breast and body image

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OGChef1 SeaGrass
October 7, 2021.
This doctor and his team changed my life at 58. If you are ever questioning weather or not to do something, stop and get it done. What they do is nothing short of amazing. I will be forever greatful. Breast lift and reduction
Matthew Basselini
Matthew Basselini
November 14, 2020.
I went for gynecomastia, Dr.Nagy was the third surgeon I visited, after all it’s good to get opinions! Dr.Nagy is very down to Earth and is office is extremely helping! He’s the only surgeon I saw that didn’t give me a sales pitch leaving me to feel like I was a car dealership! He has changed my life for the better!
Stacey Bon
Stacey Bon
August 27, 2020.
I've been a patient of Dr.Nagys for almost 10 years. He definitely doesn't rush, he takes his time to talk to you and answer any questions or concerns you have. He has seen me through some challenging times of my life and has / and continues to help me. His office is always spotless, and all the ladies are very polite and also always there to answer any questions you have. The last thing i want is somwone who rushes you in and out. Dr.Nagy sits and talks to you and talks so you understand. I have recommended many people to his office and always will. Arielle has started removing a few small tattoos i have and she's very caring and kind also. You won't be disappointed.
Anon Anon
Anon Anon
August 21, 2020.
Came to Dr. Nagy for a labiaplasty, and I am extremely happy with the results.
Danica Ravaioli
Danica Ravaioli
July 24, 2020.
Dr. Nagy is the best at what he does! He has a wonderful bedside manner and was extremely awesome with all of my questions. I’m a little over one week post op and already so incredibly happy with my results. The office is impeccable and beautiful. The staff is friendly and always helpful. Big shout out to Kim, she went above and beyond - from being reassuring, caring, friendly and so so patient with insane amounts of nerves and questions that I had. She’s the best! From consult to post op, they are a phenomenal team that I would highly recommend.
Angelina Sakowski
Angelina Sakowski
January 24, 2020.
Office is clean and beautiful, staff is friendly and helpful, and worked hard to get my procedure approved by insurance. Dr Nagy is so knowledgeable, kind, careful, and thoughtful. He spent so much time with me. I had a fairly large cyst removed on my ring finger and was afraid I would have an awful scar and would never be able to wear my wedding rings again. Turns out, the scar is nearly invisible and my rings are on. Would 100% go back for a medical need and would refer him to anyone. I’m so thankful I found him.
Jennifer Hordych
Jennifer Hordych
January 19, 2020.
Dr. Nagy and his staff are wonderful! I highly recommend him. They are all kind , compassionate and professional. After three months of dealing with an incision that refused to close on the top of my foot, I was referred to Dr. Nagy. He was able to find the problem during surgery and fix it. Now, I am able to return to the gym and the skin has completely healed! He is amazing!
Christa Riddle
Christa Riddle
June 20, 2019.
Excellent results. Pleased beyond measure, from consultation through procedure. I would highly recommend Dr. Nagy and will use him again for certain!
Lisa Handelman
Lisa Handelman
May 29, 2019.
Dr. Nagy and his staff are amazing. From the first time I stepped into his beautiful office, I was extremely comfortable. Everyone is friendly and professional. Dr. Nagy and the nurses are kind and compassionate. I knew I was in good hands. Four months post surgery, and I couldn’t be happier! The experience was life changing for me. I’m so glad I trusted Dr. Nagy. No regrets!

About Your Consultation

Our surgeons will meet with you to fully evaluate and discuss your options. We happily encourage you to ask questions, as the more informed you are, the better we can work together to make the best decision for your treatment. During the consultation you can expect the surgeon to:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts, and take measurements of their size and shape, your skin quality and nipple location
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your reconstruction options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes and any risks or potential complications from reconstruction

Types Of Breast Reconstruction

One of the first decisions a patient must make with her plastic surgeon is what type of breast reconstruction she will undergo. Reconstruction is performed on either an immediate or delayed basis and typically falls into two categories: implant reconstruction or reconstruction using a patient’s own tissue, which are commonly referred to as “flap” procedures. There are factors to consider when choosing what type of reconstruction option to pursue, such as the type of mastectomy you are having, cancer treatments and your body type. These types of reconstruction options will be discussed in greater detail below.

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Immediate vs. Delayed Reconstruction

The decision regarding when to have breast reconstruction should be made with your plastic surgeon prior to your mastectomy. This is usually based on your risk factors and information provided during your diagnosis and in conjunction with input from other members of your healthcare team.

Immediate reconstruction takes place at the time of the mastectomy, and has become the standard of care for most patients. Again this is not always the case and is made in conjunction with your plastic surgeon, breast surgeon and oncologist depending on what type of treatments you may need. There are both advantages and disadvantages to immediate breast reconstruction, and these should be taken into consideration.

Delayed reconstruction is sometimes recommended, especially if there is advanced disease, or if you may require radiation as part of your treatment plan. You may want to delay reconstruction until you have completed all treatments to improve outcomes of your procedure.

Implant Reconstruction

The most common implant reconstruction technique combines skin expansion with implant insertion. First, the surgeon inserts a balloon expander beneath the skin and chest muscle where the reconstructed breast will be located. A saline (salt water) solution is then injected into the expander through a tiny valve beneath the skin over a few weeks or months, eventually filling it and stretching the skin. The expander may then be left in place or replaced with a permanent implant. A final procedure reconstructs the nipple and areola (dark area of skin around the nipple). Some patients do not require tissue expansion and begin immediately with the implant. This is called a direct-to-implant procedure.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Implant Reconstruction?

The ideal candidate for implant reconstruction is a woman who has no available flap options or no desire to have a flap operation, has no history of radiation to the breast or chest wall, is having a prophylactic mastectomy, wants bilateral reconstruction, or desires a surgery on the opposite breast to address an issue or problem with breast symmetry.

Recovery After Implant Surgery

Most patients are tired and sore for a week or two, and recovery can take up to six weeks, but you will be released from the hospital in two to five days. Stitches are taken out in a week to ten days. A surgical drain may be left in place to prevent a build-up of fluid in the reconstructed breast; this will be removed after a week or two.

The reconstructed breast will be numb following surgery, but it is possible that some sensation will return as time passes. Scars will fade, but not disappear. Periodic mammograms with a radiologist trained to examine breasts with implants are recommended.

Risks

Breast reconstruction has not been proven to affect the recurrence of cancer or other diseases, chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Nevertheless, in addition to the complications possible from any surgical procedure (bleeding, fluid collection, excessive scar tissue, or difficulties with anesthesia), there are some risks inherent in breast reconstruction, including infection around the implant (if an implant is used), and capsular contracture, when the scar (capsule) around the implant tightens, causing the breast to feel hard. Treatment for capsular contracture varies from “scoring” the scar tissue to removing or replacing the implant. Some patients may need time to come to terms emotionally with their new breasts.

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