Breast Reconstruction Newport Beach

Breast reconstruction is one of the most rewarding procedures Dr. Sundine performs at his Newport Beach plastic surgery office. Losing one or both breasts to breast cancer or traumatic injury is a very depressing experience. Dr. Sundine uses his vast knowledge and superb surgical skills to restore your femininity via breast reconstruction surgery. Your restored breasts will help you overcome the emotional and physical trauma that you have undergone as result of mastectomy (breast removal surgery).

Dr. Sundine has years of experience and training pertaining to various surgical techniques used to reconstruct the breasts. To learn more, please read the paragraphs below or contact Dr. Sundine at 949 706 3100 to schedule a consultation.

Who Is a Candidate for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

If you have lost one or both breasts to mastectomy, you may qualify for breast reconstruction surgery. To assess your candidacy, Dr. Sundine will examine your chest to see if you have enough tissue. In addition, he will ask you about your physical and mental health. He may also get in touch with your primary care provider or oncologist to make sure you are healthy and will not need any additional medical treatments that may compromise the results of your breast reconstruction treatment.

There are two types of breast reconstruction surgery. The first involves the use of breast implants. Another technique uses your own tissue flap, or both the flap and breast implants. A tissue flap is a section of your own skin, fat and muscle that is removed from the stomach or another area of the body to reconstruct the breasts. The final step in reconstructing the breasts is to reconstruct the nipple and the areola.

Breast Reconstruction with Implants in Newport Beach

All breast reconstruction surgeries are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited medical facility, and may take up to four hours. Dr. Sundine will walk you through your treatment step by step prior to taking you to the operating room.
If you have enough skin to cover a breast implant, Dr. Sundine will make an incision where appropriate and insert saline or silicone breast implants between layers of chest muscle. If you do not have enough tissue, he may use expandable implants or tissue expanders, in which case you will undergo another surgical procedure after a certain period of time.

The Breast Reconstruction Procedure with Tissue Flap

If Dr. Sundine opts to perform the flap procedure, he will most likely use the TRAM (transverse rectus abdominus musculocutaneous) technique. During this procedure, he will take fatty tissue and skin from the abdomen and tunnel it to the chest area to reconstruct the breasts. The blood vessels are reattached to those in the chest. This technique involves removal of excess fat from the stomach, and women who do not have enough fat in the area may not be good candidates for this procedure. Excess fat and tissue may also be used from the back area, in a procedure known as the latissimus dorsi flap.

Nipple and Areola Reconstruction

The reconstruction of the nipple and areola are the final steps in reconstructing the breasts. This treatment is performed well after the newly reconstructed breasts have healed. When reconstructing the nipple and the areola, you will have a couple of options. One is to have tissue taken from the newly reconstructed breast; another is tattooing. Dr. Sundine will advise you as to which technique is best for you.

Recovering from Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Recovery from breast reconstruction surgery can take several weeks. You will be wrapped in bandages and will wear a surgical bra for several days. The reconstructed breasts and donor tissue will be bruised, swollen and sore. Taking your prescribed medicine and following doctor’s post-treatment instructions will help you recover safely. You may return to work within one to two weeks, depending on how you feel and the nature of your job. You will not be able to perform any strenuous physical activities for an extended period of time. It is important that you rest and take proper care of your surgical incisions. Dr. Sundine will see you on a regular basis to monitor your progress.

Dr. Sundine is a well-known plastic surgeon serving the needs of patients throughout Newport Beach and Orange County. In addition to performing advanced breast procedures, he is a leading provider of facial plastic surgery and specializes in facelift in Orange County as well as rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty in Newport Beach. Over the years, many patients have received the beautiful, natural-looking results they desire under his care.

Our Reviews

  • - Written on January 27, 2018

    “Thank you so much for your time and generosity!”

    Dr. Sundine,

    Thank you so much for your time and generosity! I just love my results and feel fortunate to have had you as my surgeon

    P.S. Have a healthy, happy, & prosperous New Year

    Learn More

  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “GREAT PLASTIC SURGEON. I’M GLAD HE DID MY SURGERIES.”

    Excellent. I found Dr. Sundine to be a very competent surgeon and a really good person. His personal manner made a sometimes difficult, time-consuming process (tissue expansion) much easier. I’m glad we pursued the expansion option and I was fortunate to have had him as my surgeon. I recommend Dr. Sundine to anyone who is in need of Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery.

    Learn More

  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “DR. SUNDINE IS AN OUTSTANDING DOCTOR”

    Dr. Sundine is an outstanding doctor. His technique, his expertise and the care with which he approached my surgery were exceptional. I wasn’t surprised. I chose him because I knew that his training and skills are terrific. Dr. Sundine and his staff still exceeded my expectations, however, and the complete experience – consultation, surgery and follow-up– have been wonderful. As I did, I encourage everyone to do your due diligence and research alternatives, but at the end of the day there is no better choice than Dr. Sundine. Amazing results…

    Learn More

  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “I RECOMMEND HIM 100%”

    Dr. Sundine is a gifted, highly trained plastic surgeon who achieves amazing, natural looking, aesthetic results in facial and body plastic surgery. My facelift is 4 years old. Even people who don’t know me comment I look wonderful. Others often ask me about Dr. Sundine… …and of course I recommend him 100%. In addition to being highly skilled and knowledgeable Dr. Sundine is caring, compassionate, communicative and professional. Finally, his office staff is friendly and efficient. I have never waited more than 5 minutes..

    Learn More

  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “Dr. Sundin did a terrific job”

    Dear Dr. Sundine & staff, Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I loved your caring & professional work. Dr. Sundin did a terrific job on a very hard surgery below my right eye due to a skin cancer removal. I will recommend him to all I come in contact with. Thanks again and I owe you all a big hug & sincere thanks to all you did for me. L.A.

    Learn More

  • - Written on February 12, 2018

    “He truly deserved the highest reviews on every level”

    I gave Dr. Sundine the highest possible review in each category because he truly deserved the highest reviews on every level. I am a very well recognized lawyer on the West Coast. My firm has spent millions of dollars on television advertising in which I appear. I could not afford to have a bad face lift or even for people to notice I had a face lift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine because he performs highly complex complete facial reconstruction procedures on children.

    Learn More

  • - Written on February 4, 2018

    “Special thank you to Dr. Sundine! So happy!!”

    My keloid surgery was an absolute success. I am so pleased with the results and grateful to the staff pre & post surgery. I was so nervous and scared to precede w/ the procedure. For I never had a surgery or general anesthesia before.:(

    Dr. Sundine with his exceeding professionalism gave me gentle kind assurance that all will be fine. In addition, educated me to his full knowledge and experience in detail what to expect. I felt safe and secure in his hands. Very kind soul. Post surgery I had radiation at another location, and it was a success. I am still in the healing process and my ear aesthetically looks next to perfect. I’m free of the disfigurement and I have a renewed confidence keloid Free!! :-)

    It was like 1 2 3!!

    Thank you Dr. Sundine, the friendly staff/ nurses You ALL Rock!! & I couldn’t ask for any better.:)

    Learn More

  • - Written on September 19, 2017

    “VERY PERSONABLE, CARING AND PROFESSIONAL”

    Dr. Sundine and his staff were absolutley wonderful ! Very personable, caring and professional. His nurse Toni was so kind and answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. The procedure went very well, with very little bruising or down time. Dr. Sundine is truly an exceptional plastic surgeon and I will definitely be using his services in the future. Thank you very much Dr Sundine and your magnificent team !

    Learn More

  • - Written on September 19, 2017

    “THE RESULTS NOTHING SHORT OF EXCEPTIONAL”

    I chose Dr. Sundine because he is an expert in a highly regarded surgical technique that delivers a completely natural result. It takes longer on the operating table and it requires specialized training which many doctors just don’t want to invest in. The results, however, are nothing short of spectacular.

    Learn More