Breast Reconstruction Specialist, Dr.Cara Downey has been recognized on Small Business Trendsetters for helping survivors of breast cancer surgery to return to a normal look and feel with her highly skilled breast restoration procedures.
Small Business Trendsetters and has been “Spotlighted” as an Authority in her Field of Practice for her work with women who have survived breast cancer.— Dr. Cara Downey of Downey Plastic Surgery located in Houston, Texas, has been featured on
Dr. Downey’s practice is located in the heart of the Houston Montrose Area. She is privileged to operate at several facilities in the Houston Medical Center and throughout the greater Houston area including Sugarland and North Houston. Her passion for cosmetic surgery stems from her natural artistic ability.
Dr. Downey has extensive experience with plastic surgery breast procedures ranging from breast augmentation to breast reconstruction surgery.
Breast Reconstruction (& Diep flap) Treatment Options and Procedures
Offered in the Houston area by Dr. Downey:
When cancer creates the need for the breast tissue to be surgically removed, a breast reconstruction may be performed to restore the breast. Breast reconstruction is an elective procedure that can be performed at any time following the cancer operation. Increasing technology has helped ensure that even those who have suffered the loss of both of their breasts now have a chance at a happy and normal future. There are 3 main categories of Breast Reconstruction: Implants, Tissue Based Reconstruction, and a Combination of Implants & Tissue.
Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction:
When implants are used, often tissue expanders are placed at the time or following mastectomy to expand the skin envelope to the desired size and shape. Expansion can be easily performed in the office setting over a period of time determined by the patient’s schedule and comfort. A second procedure is then done to replace the temporary tissue expanders with the permanent implants. Implants may be contraindicated when radiation is required for cancer therapy.
Autologous Breast Reconstruction (DIEP, SIEA, TUG, SGAP):
Autologous reconstruction involves using the patient’s own tissue to replace the breast. Tissue can be transferred from a nearby area or microsurgical techniques can be employed to transfer greater distances. The most common local transfer is the muscle and overlying skin of the latissimus dorsi. Many times this flap is used in combination with an implant (i.e. if radiation has precluded use of implant alone).
Free Tissue transfer and microsurgery can be used for transfer of excess abdominal tissue (diep inferior epigastric perforator flap –DIEP or superficial inferior epigastric perforator flap –SIEA), inner thigh (transverse upper gracilis flap – TUG) or buttock tissue (superior gluteal artery perforator flap – SGAP). Of these, the most common site is the lower abdomen, as patients tend to have more tissue in this area. For those that do not have enough abdominal tissue, buttock or inner thigh can be substituted for modest sized breast.
About Dr. Cara Downey:
Dr. Downey is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery (plastic surgery division) at Baylor College of Medicine and has also been featured in an interview on CNN and Medical News Media Source.
Dr. Downey is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas at Austin and graduated with High Honors Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of multiple professional organizations such as Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Downey has also had several Scholarships, Awards and Recognitions for her work and has contributed to many publications and participated in multiple scientific presentations.
Contact Dr. Cara Downey’s Office for more information or to Schedule a Consultation by calling (713) 979-0526 or go to her website at HoustonPlasticSurgery
Dr. Cara Downey
1009 Missouri St
Houston, TX 77006
Tel: (713) 979-0526
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