Listed in Atlanta
- 975 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30342
- (404) 256-1311
American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1983
Dr. Philip H. Beegle has been on the forefront of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery for over thirty years. He worked closely with Atlanta Plastic Surgery co-founder Dr. Carl Hartrampf in developing the revolutionary TRAM flap technique for breast reconstruction and played a vital role in the development of several other methods of microsurgical breast reconstruction. Considered a leading expert in the field, Dr. Beegle has lectured around the world and was invited to become a member of the America Association of Plastic Surgeons in 1993 in honor of his contributions to microsurgical techniques in breast reconstruction. In addition to his long and active involvement in a number of breast cancer organizations, including the Susan G. Komen® foundation and Bosom Buddies, Dr. Beegle has developed key techniques designed to use the patient’s own tissue during breast reconstruction, and has also conducted extensive research into the cause and prevention of capsular breast contracture, pioneering several techniques to help minimize the contracture rate. Today Dr. Beegle serves on the board of the Northside Hospital Breast Cancer Committee, part of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, in addition to serving Atlanta Plastic Surgery cosmetic and reconstructive surgery patients at their Atlanta and Newnan locations.
Can breast reconstruction surgery be done at the same time as a mastectomy?
Dr. Beegle: Yes, most of the time breast reconstruction surgery can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy. While this decision is highly influenced by the particular patient and the extent of breast tissue to be removed, by undergoing breast reconstruction at the same time, there are fewer complications from scar tissue created by radiation, and the overall results are more natural looking.
What’s used to replace the tissue removed during a mastectomy?
Dr. Beegle: If there is adequate amounts of breast tissue, many breast reconstruction patients will elect to have tissue harvested from their thighs, abdomen, or even back (TRAM and DIEP flap methods) to replace what’s removed during a mastectomy. If this isn’t an option, Atlanta reconstructive surgeons can place a tissue expander underneath the skin to make room for a later inserted breast implant to match the remaining breast.
Breast reconstruction surgery can improve breast shape, but can anything be done to make the breast look more natural after reconstruction?
Dr. Beegle: Nipple reconstruction is an additional breast reconstruction procedure that can make a recreated breast look much more natural. Like breast reconstruction, nipple reconstruction surgery utilizes tissue and skin harvested from another area of the patient’s body to attach and reform a nipple. Later, the new skin may be tattooed to match the other breast’s areola coloring.