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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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Our Plan for Resuming In-Office Patient Care

We are pleased to annouce our very soft re-opening to patients this Monday, May 4th. We are not opening to full capacity as we are closely following the recommendations of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and our numerous professional affiliations and governing boards. We will be seeing a very limited number of patients per day. The following outlines our plan and what we are doing to keep you safe.

Screening:

You will be called the day before your appointment and screened for any symptoms. Any symptoms will require rescheduling.

Upon your arrival your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to rescheduled if over 100.0.

You must wear a mask upon entering the building and will only remove if getting a procedure done on the face. We ask that you please bring a mask to your appointment. Due to limited availability we will provide a mask to you for a charge of $5.

No one can accompany you into the office unless there are significant mobility or communication issues you need help with and in that case only one person can come with you. You may not bring children to your appointment.

Our waiting room is closed. You may enter the building to check in and gather any paperwork you may require and return to your car. You will be called when your room is ready.

Office Safety and Sanitation

Employees will also complete a daily questionnaire and have their temperature taken and will be sent home if there are any symptoms. Employees will wear personal protective equipment throughout your entire visit.

Each room and all areas that patients and employees touch including office supplies or equipment will be sanitized thoroughly between patients according to CDC guidelines.

We have missed you and look forward to seeing you back in the office!

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