Breast Reconstruction at It's Finest - New York, NY

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For the past year, I have been a breast...

For the past year, I have been a breast cancer/reconstruction patient of Dr. Keegan at Fifth Avenue Millennium Aesthetic Surgery in NYC. Dr. Keegan was the 3rd plastic surgeon I consulted with, and I selected him as my surgeon based on his compassion and kindness. Dr. Port of Mount Sinai Hospital had recommended Dr. Keegan to me, so I knew that his surgical skills were impeccable as well. I live in NJ and I had to travel 1½ hours into NYC to see Dr. Keegan, and it was worth every mile (and GW Bridge crossing!). I knew that I was in for a long reconstructive process, so I selected the surgeon who I felt would “have my back” through it all. I wanted someone I could trust, have a rapport with, and ultimately have faith in his or her surgical skill to help me through this journey of cancer and breast reconstruction. For me, Dr. Keegan was the perfect choice to help me through this stressful period of my life.

You see your doctor’s real surgical skills and emotional maturity come out when something goes wrong. My reconstruction journey was complicated by a staph infection in my left tissue expander (warning to all women undergoing breast reconstruction – BE CAREFUL SHAVING! Your underarms are not the same! Minor cuts can have major consequences.) When I noticed a bit of swelling in my left breast, Dr Keegan immediately put me on antibiotics and sent me for an ultrasound. He instructed me to have the ultrasound technician call him directly with my results, as he didn’t want to wait for the report. His instincts were right as I had a staph infection and he scheduled me for emergency surgery that evening. This was a terrifying scenario for me; however, Dr. Keegan’s reassuring words and manner helped me cope with a very frightening situation. He even held my hand during surgery until I fell asleep under anesthesia. Dr. Keegan was able to salvage my reconstruction and I continued on my journey with just a slight hiccup in timing. To look at my perfect symmetry now, you would never know I ever had an issue – again showcasing Dr. Keegan’s skill as a plastic surgeon.
All journeys come to an end and I am happy and grateful to have had Dr. Keegan as my breast reconstruction surgeon. My results are outstanding and I feel lucky to have found him. I look beautiful and feel comfortable with my new implants. While the Fifth Avenue facility has much more of a tranquil, boutique spa feel, it has a certain “Cheers” quality. It was very pleasant to go where everyone knew my name. I always felt warm and welcome by all of the staff. Of special note are Chelsea – she was always “quiet perfection” in the examination rooms, and Julie – with her personable, cheerful demeanor – she always greeted me with a warm smile of recognition when I entered their offices. While I am glad that my trips into NYC are complete, I am delighted with my results!

Reconstruction photos

Please be gentle critics of my photography! Most of these are "selfies" which I shot either in my hospital bed or in my bathroom.

I just want to point out that in my last photo - with my silicone implants - I had my mastectomy scars lasered 3 days ago (on Monday), so the scars look red and wide. In reality, the actual surgical lines are developing a lovely blurriness - and don't look like scars - especially along the center of the scar line.

I love my tattoos! Finally done with cancer.

Hello all!
I'm finally done with my reconstruction. Since my last post, Dr Keegan surgically created my nipples and Vinnie Myers did my nipple / areola tattoos. It takes a while to heal - Vinnie waits at least 6 months after the last surgery in order to give the scars time to fully heal. I posted several tattoo pics in different sizes and angles - so you would get an idea of the beauty and complexity of the tattoos. Vinnie really does fantastic nipple/areola tattoos. Feel free to zoom in if you can - he does some shading around the base of the nipple as well as those round dots on the areola which simulates the Montgomery tubercles (I had to look that up!)

Vinnie sees a lot of breast reconstructions in his line of work - and he complimented Dr. Keegan's skill as a plastic surgeon. He said that my reconstruction is in the top 5% of the reconstructions he has seen. Vinnie said that he usually has trouble tattooing the reconstructed nipples because of the location of the scars the surgeon creates while recreating the nipple. Vinnie explained that Dr. Keegan creates nipples with the resulting tattoo in mind, so my result is a very natural looking breast. There is a wide geographical distance between the 2 men - NYC vs Finksburg, Maryland, and it surprised me when Vinnie clearly recognized Dr. Keegan's reconstructive work.

I love my tattoos and they really do complete this chapter in my life. It's nice to look in the mirror and not be constantly reminded of cancer. I hope my story and photos help you along your path towards health. Good luck to you all!
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