UCLA Campus    |   UCLA Health    |   School of Medicine Translate:
UCLA Health It Begins With U

The UCLA Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Print
Email
Share

Breast Reconstruction

Breast cancer will touch the lives of 1 in 8 women.  The American Cancer Society estimates that 232,400 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year.1   While advances in early detection and aggressive treatment have improved our ability to treat this disease, breast reconstruction allows us complete the healing process by restoring the post-mastectomy breast to its natural appearance.

The UCLA Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery offers immediate breast reconstruction as an option for women undergoing mastectomies.  Our plastic surgeons provide consultations in conjunction with general surgeons and surgical oncologists, incorporating reconstruction into a patient's surgical treatment plan; this insures patients achieve an optimal cosmetic and psychological outcome once they are cancer free.  Appointments are available in Westwood and in Santa Monica.

The reconstructive techniques available to a patient will depend upon a number of different factors (age, anatomy, medical history, history of radiation therapy, etc.) but the majority of patients will be able to choose between a breast reconstruction utilizing silicone or saline implants and microvascular free-flap reconstruction.  Most women have a comfortable familiarity with breast implants and the aesthetic results they can achieve.  A free-flap reconstruction uses skin and fat transferred from the stomach in order to reconstruct a patient's breast.  The techniques used at UCLA -- the Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flaps and the Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery (SIEA) -- allow our surgeons to reconstruct the breast without the need to transfer the abdominal muscle, which tends to weaken patients and lengthen recovery time. 

Free-flap reconstruction requires a longer hospitalization and recovery period than implant reconstruction; however it often results in a more natural appearing breast.  It's also more durable than an implant reconstruction, in that patients don't have to worry about implant complications such as leakage, deflations, or capsular contracture presenting themselves years down the line.

More microsurgical breast reconstructions are performed at UCLA than at any other facility in the western United States.  Our surgeons are board certified in plastic surgery and have completed an additional fellowship in microvascular surgery. 
 

For more information or to schedule a consultation:

Phone: (310) 825-5510
Fax: (310) 206-7579
Email: plasticsurgery@mednet.ucla.edu
 

Physician Referrals:

Physician Referrals: (800) 825-2888
To Fax a Referral: (310) 301-5391
Email: access@mednet.ucla.edu
 

Our locations:

The UCLA Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suitea 465
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The UCLA-Santa Monica Surgery Clinic
1304 15th Street, Suite 102
Santa Monica, CA 90404
 

Our breast surgeons:

Andrew L. Da Lio, MD, FACS
Clinical Professor & Chief

Andrew Da Lio, MD

Practice Location:

200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465
Los Angeles, CA 90095
 

Specialties:

Breast Reconstruction
Cosmetic Surgery
General Reconstruction

    

Contact:

Phone: (310) 206-7521
Fax: (310) 206-5397
 

Surgical Coordinator:

Christine Rangel

    

Network Status:

In-Network Provider


J. Brian Boyd, MD
Clinical Professor & Chief, Harbor-UCLA Plastic Surgery
J. Brian Boyd, MD

Practice Location:

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
1000 West Carson Street
Torrance, CA  90509
 

Specialties:

Breast Reconstruction
Cosmetic Surgery
General Reconstruction 

 

Contact:

Phone: (310) 222-2760
Fax: (310) 782-1562
 

Surgical Coordinator:

Juanita Navarette

 

Network Status:

In-Network Provider


Christopher A. Crisera, MD, FACS
Associate Clinical Professor & Director of Microsurgery

Christopher Crisera, MD

Practice Location:

200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465
Los Angeles, CA 90095
 

Specialties:

Breast Reconstruction
Cosmetic Surgery
General Reconstruction

 

Contact:

Phone: (310) 206-2451
Fax: (310) 206-3028
 

Surgical Coordinator:

Marine Keshishkeryan

 

Network Status:

In-Network Provider


Jaco H. Festekjian, MD, FACS
Clinical Professor

Jaco Festekjian, MD

Practice Location:

200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465
Los Angeles, CA 90095
 

Specialties:

Breast Reconstruction
Cosmetic Surgery
General Reconstruction

 

Contact:

Phone: (310) 794-4126
Fax: (310) 794-4126
 

Surgical Coordinator:

Jeani Primes

 

Network Status:

In-Network Provider


Jay Granzow, MD
Associate Clinical Professor

Jay Granzow, MD

Practice Location:

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
1000 West Carson Street
Torrance, CA  90509
 

Specialties:

Breast Reconstruction
Cosmetic Surgery
General Reconstruction 

 

Contact:

Phone: (310) 222-2760
Fax: (310) 782-1562
 

Surgical Coordinator:

Juanita Navarette

 

Network Status:

In-Network Provider

           

Jason Roostaeian, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor

 Jason Roostaeian, MD

Practice Location:

200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465
Los Angeles, CA 90095
 

Specialties:

Breast Reconstruction
Cosmetic Surgery
General Reconstruction

 

Contact:

Phone: (310) 794-4126
Fax: (310) 794-4126
 

Surgical Coordinator:

Jeani Primes

 

Network Status:

In-Network Provider


Charles Y. Tseng, MD
Associate Clinical Professor & MSIII / MSIV Education Director
Charles Tseng, MD

Practice Location:

1304 15th Street, Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90404
 

Specialties:

Breast Reconstruction
Cosmetic Surgery
General Reconstruction

 

Contact:

Phone: (310) 825-5358
Fax: (310) 825-0884
 

Surgical Coordinator:

Melinda Lee

 

Network Status:

In-Network Provider

           


Patient education:

The EMMI viewer will help you develop a better understanding of breast reconstruction.  You'll learn how a procedure works, what to expect when you go home, what to do before and after your surgery, the risks, benefits and alternatives. You'll have the opportunity to identify questions as you think of them, and print a handy reminder sheet to bring to discuss with your doctor during your pre-op visit. Our hope is that you will be more knowledgeable and confident throughout your treatment process. 

 

 

UCLA Rated One of the Top Hospitals in the Nation