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Breasts that have been removed due to cancer or trauma can be cosmetically restored with breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Sonya J. Merriman feels deeply that breast reconstruction surgeries are among the most rewarding procedures that she performs.

She will perform your breast reconstruction surgery with the greatest care and attention, with the goal of creating the most beautiful, natural-looking breasts possible with modern reconstructive surgery. With Dr. Merriman's years of education and experience, she offers some of the best results in breast reconstruction Valdosta, GA has available.

After a Mastectomy: Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Your breast reconstruction may be performed in the same surgery as your mastectomy, or for some women, the procedure will take place later.

After successfully beating cancer or surviving trauma that impacted your breasts, reconstruction surgery can restore your self-confidence in your body with your breasts once again looking healthy and natural. You will feel once again at home in your body.

Breast Reconstruction and Patient Health

Some women have a fear that should their cancer return, breast reconstruction surgery will make it more difficult to detect or treat, however, research has established it is no harder to detect cancerous masses through breast reconstruction than it is through mastectomy scar tissue. Our greatest hope is that you stay healthy in all the years ahead.

Natural Looking Breasts – It Matters.

If you are seeking a plastic surgeon in Valdosta to restore natural-looking breasts following a mastectomy, you want a highly-skilled plastic surgeon who cares about you as a person – and Dr. Merriman is one of the most caring and compassionate surgeons you will ever meet. Her goal is to help you have beautiful, natural looking breasts that are soft and bouncy, just like normal, healthy breasts.

Breast Reconstruction Valdosta GA

Types of Breast Reconstruction Techniques

There are several ways that breast reconstruction can be performed, including at the same time as your mastectomy.

Women who need to undergo further treatments after a mastectomy often need to wait until the treatments are complete before undergoing reconstruction surgery.

  • Autologous Reconstruction. Also known as "flap reconstruction," autologous breast reconstruction uses tissue from the abdomen or back to rebuild the breast. This tissue includes skin, muscle, fat, and blood vessels. Since autologous reconstruction requires two or more surgical sites, both the reconstruction surgery and its recovery are generally a longer process than with implant reconstruction.
  • Implant Reconstruction. Implant reconstruction is performed in either on or two stages and is accomplished by inserting saline or silicone implants under the skin to reconstruct the breast. This type of reconstruction is not as complex as autologous reconstruction, requiring less downtime.

The Fine Details Make a Difference Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Merriman understands the complexities of restoring breasts following mastectomy.

In addition to the reconstruction itself, these procedures enhance the appearance, so they appear as natural as possible.

  • Reconstruction of the nipple and areola. This is generally the final phase of your breast reconstruction process and is usually performed 3-4 months following breast reconstruction surgery. This final surgery rebuilds the look of the nipple and areola, providing you what appears to be a natural nipple structure.
  • Fat grafting. Fat grafting can be used as a supplemental procedure following the reconstruction of the breast. This fat can be transferred to you breasts to contour and soften for a more natural, shapely and natural look.

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Your Personal Breast Reconstruction Consultation

During your initial consultation with Dr. Merriman, your goals and desires for your breast reconstruction in Valdosta, GA will be discussed thoroughly, along with any concerns you may have about the procedure. Dr. Merriman will thoroughly answer any questions, so you move ahead with confidence.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Merriman uses advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the-art procedures, along with the maintaining rigorous safety and health standards.

She will thoroughly discuss with you all of the options available for your breast reconstruction surgery, and make sure that you are aware of the all of the options available, so you can achieve the goals you have for your breast reconstruction surgery.

You will be treated with professionalism, kindness, and exceptional skill.

Meet with us and discover a clinic where we focus on creating natural-looking results in every procedure.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

We are doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are still here and working but not currently offering treatments. We are available to answer any questions you have. Our number one priority is safety of our patients, staff and our community.

We are seeing our patients who have recently had surgery for suture removal and to make sure your recovery is safe. We will keep the reception area empty and you will go straight back to an exam room. We will wear masks for your protection. Please only bring one person with you and if possible, it would be best if they can stay in your car during your visit.

We are offering Tele-Health visits for Surgical and Non-surgical consultations. It will be done the same way as an in person consultation would be done, except we will use video to communicate with you. This is done using our Electronic Medical Record and ensures your privacy. Having that consultation process done will allow you to schedule surgery and treatments so they can be done as soon as we are able to provide them again. I believe that after this ordeal, we will all be ready to do something nice for ourselves!

We are providing people with the chance to purchase products. We can bring them to your car. You can also purchase gift cards and we are developing several packages we want to offer. We are also shipping products during this time.

We understand all this uncertainty is frustrating and we apologize for the inconvenience. This situation changes day to day and we will keep you updated as we know more.

So what are we doing since we are not filling our schedule doing surgery, lasers, fillers, Botox, Dysport etc?

We are doing staff training. We will continue to brainstorm and think of ways we can provide even more exceptional patient experience.

We will be making videos and continuing to post on social media. Some of these will be educational and some will be to entertain! How entertaining will probably depend on how stir-crazy we get!

Be safe and be smart. Do your part to slow this virus down. And please, support your local businesses as much as possible.

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