Procedures

Breast Reconstruction

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Breast reconstruction can help Mississauga and Toronto women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as those who have had other significant breast surgery or have experienced breast asymmetry or injury. Dr. Michael J. Weinberg derives tremendous satisfaction in helping his patients restore a sense of wholeness and normalcy to their body image. He brings innovation and artistry to his breast reconstructions, and the results are remarkably natural in appearance.

To learn more about breast reconstruction surgery, call our office at 905-273-3045 (Mississauga) or 416-207-9090 (Toronto) or request an appointment onlinerequest an appointment online. Dr. Weinberg looks forward to meeting with you and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.

A Better Breast Reconstruction

As Division Head of Plastic Surgery at Trillium Health Centre, a teacher for University of Toronto Medical students and a researcher in breast cancer, Dr. Weinberg is qualified and experienced in the field of breast reconstruction. Further benefits of surgery with Dr. Weinberg include:

  • Options – Dr. Weinberg offers both the autologous method and tissue expander method of breast reconstruction, and will help you choose the best option for you.
  • Comfort – From the down to earth manner of Dr. Weinberg and his staff, to their expertise in pre and postoperative care, our team makes your comfort a priority.
  • Experience – In practice since 1995, Dr. Weinberg performs hundreds of breast surgeries annually and is innovative in breast reconstruction techniques.

Dr. Michael J. Weinberg is a Royal College certified plastic surgeon, and is committed to helping you achieve a youthful and vibrant appearance.

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Breast Reconstruction Procedure

To perform your breast reconstruction surgery, there are 2 main methods employed which include:

Autologous Method: A new breast is fashioned from your own tissue, usually from the abdominal wall. This method is used for women who have undergone radiation therapy. The initial surgery is performed under general anesthetic and takes about 4 hours. Six months after the procedure, an additional 30 minute surgery is required to fashion the nipple, also often from the patient's own tissue or by means of tattooing.

Tissue Expander Method: A tissue expander is implanted in the chest wall in a 1-hour procedure performed under general anesthetic. The expander is gradually inflated with fluid over 6 to 12 weeks to allow the skin of the chest wall to stretch to achieve the desired size. Dr. Weinberg performs a second surgery about 6 months later to place the breast implant. This use of breast implants in his Toronto and Mississauga centres is much like with the breast augmentation procedure. After another 6 months, a subsequent procedure is again required to fashion a nipple from tissue or by means of tattooing.

As with all surgical procedures, there are possible complications that can occur with breast reconstruction. Potential complications specific to your surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. For a discussion of general risks of surgery, review Dr. Weinberg's Your First Visit page.

Breast Reconstruction Cost & Related Procedures

In Mississauga and Toronto, breast reconstruction surgery is usually covered under OHIP; therefore, the surgery is performed in hospital at Trillium Health Centre where Dr. Weinberg is Division Head of Plastic Surgery. You can discuss this with Dr. Weinberg during your consultationyour consultation.

After Your Procedure

When using the autologous method, patients report that they can typically return to work in 4 to 6 weeks, and when using the tissue expander method, recovery generally takes about 1 to 2 weeks.

Dr. Weinberg will discuss and answer questions about specific possible side effects and complications in detail during your consultationyour consultation.

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TPSC

The Toronto Plastic Surgery Clinic:
Dr. Michael J. Weinberg

1-66 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON M5R 3N8
(416) 207-9090

Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

MCSC

The Mississauga Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic:
Michael Weinberg, MD

247 Queensway West
Mississauga, ON L5B 1B9
(905) 273-3045

Monday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.