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Secondary Breast Reconstruction in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso specialize in secondary breast reconstruction surgery for Grand Rapids and Birmingham patients who have experienced complications due to prior surgery following cancer treatment, prior breast reduction, or cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso perform breast reconstruction, also known as restoration mammoplasty, by utilizing your own tissue, tissue expansion, breast implants, or a combination of techniques to help you feel whole again. Breast reconstruction is a process, not a single procedure, and it begins by developing a plan that is individualized to meet your specific goals and your unique body.

Experience Matters

Meet Our Surgeons

When you are ready to make a transformation, you deserve partners on your journey who you trust deeply to deliver the results you want.

The highly experienced team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery is led by board-certified surgeons Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso. Our surgeons are regularly recognized by patients and colleagues alike for their commitment to innovation, compassionate patient care, and top-quality outcomes. Their work is supported by the thoughtful and passionate collaboration of the entire Bengtson team.

Dr. Bengtson - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

Brad Bengtson MD, FACS, Founder

Has consistently been named one of the Best Doctors in America® since 1996 and recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine for the last 12 years.

With over two decades of experience, he is respected for his cutting-edge techniques and compassionate patient care. In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Bengtson travels globally to share his knowledge and innovative approaches with fellow plastic surgeons. He is passionate about delivering harmonious, natural-looking results that elevate rather than alter each patient’s unique aesthetic.

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Dr. Alfonso - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

David AlfonsoMD, FACS

Has extensive experience performing a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, with a particular passion for body contouring and facial rejuvenation.

A careful listener and passionate practitioner, he has received numerous accolades, including recognition as a RealSelf Top Doctor since 2015. He also contributes to advancing techniques in the plastic surgery community through regular publications and lectures. Dr. Alfonso is a fluent Spanish speaker, which helps him provide exceptional communication and care to a broader range of patients. 

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What Is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction, also known as restoration mammoplasty, restores breasts that have been partially or completely removed due to breast cancer treatment, or breasts that are absent or disfigured due to genetic causes, birth factors, or trauma.

For secondary breast reconstruction Grand Rapids plastic surgeon, Dr. Bengtson or Dr. Alfonso use various techniques to create or reconstruct the breast, including breast tissue expanders and implants, autologous reconstruction with a woman’s own skin, fat and/or muscle, or a combination of techniques.

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What Else Should I Know About Secondary Breast Reconstruction at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center

1. Breast reconstruction is generally performed on an in-patient basis.

2. Secondary breast reconstruction is performed under general anesthesia.

3. All surgeries carry the potential for risks, which will be fully discussed with you during your consultation.

4. You will need a capable adult with you for 24 hours after your release from the hospital or recovery center.

5. Recovery ranges from several days to several weeks depending on the technique used in your reconstruction.

6. Implants are long lasting however weight loss, gain, ageing, pregnancy and gravity can change your results and outcomes.

7. The incision pattern for your breast reconstruction surgery will be discussed with you during your consultation at our Grand Rapids office. Scars are a normal outcome of surgery. The location and pattern of your incisions and the resulting scars will be discussed during your consultation.

8. Afterward, you will return to your home or, for our out-of-town guests, to one of the designated hotels conveniently located a short distance from our office.

Ideal Candidates

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?

Breasts surgically removed or disfigured after surgery to treat disease, or as the result of genetic anomalies, may be restored to a more natural appearance. Women of various ages and from many circumstances choose secondary breast reconstruction surgery.

At our Grand Rapids practice, our patients often choose this procedure to restore their breasts to a more natural appearance. The following factors generally define good candidates for breast reconstruction procedures:

  • You can clearly define why you want the surgery.
  • You understand what breast reconstruction surgery can and cannot accomplish.
  • You are generally healthy, emotionally secure, and stable.You accept that you will need to make healthy lifestyle choices to maintain the results achieved by breast surgery.
  • You have realistic expectations and are willing to accept minor asymmetries.
  • You accept the potential risks of breast surgery and your responsibilities as a patient.
  • Your treating physician for breast cancer confers with Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso that breast reconstruction will not interfere with the treatment of your breast cancer.
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Your Provider

Reasons to consider Dr. Bengtson for your Grand Rapids secondary breast reconstruction surgery.

  • Dr. Bengtson has nationally supported research regarding High-Resolution Ultrasound Imaging and gel breast implants, following patients and identifying ruptured breast implant shells requiring replacement.
  • Dr. Bengtson is one of the global leaders of Acellular Dermal Matrix such as AlloDerm and Strattice for breast augmentation revision surgery that may or may not be recommended to increase the longevity of your result.
  • Dr. Bengtson has performed many studies regarding the VECTRA 3-D Imaging and Simulation, which allows patients to see results prior to surgery.
  • Dr. Bengtson is also one of the global leaders in using Acellular Dermal Matrix in breast revision surgery or in patients having surgery for the first time that are undergoing a breast reduction surgery or combined augmentation and lifting that require additional support. Contact the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery to see if you would qualify to be a part of this new clinical study of this FDA- approved product.
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Breast ReconstructionResearch and Innovation

Dr. Brad Bengtson is recognized as one of the leading clinical investigators in the United States with the Natrelle 410 Silicone “Gummy Bear” gel breast implants prior to approval and thus has one of the largest experiences in North America.

To learn if you are a good candidate for the 410 Silicone “Gummy Bear” implant, call our office. In general you need to meet these criteria:

1. Be a female 22 years of age or older

2. Have a condition appropriate for breast augmentation, reconstruction, breast revision, or secondary breast reconstruction

3. Have adequate tissue available to cover the implant(s)

4. Be willing to sign the Informed Consent document, which gives you information about your breast implants and confirms your commitment to follow study requirements and acceptance of the potential risks involved

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Are you ready to take the next step to a more beautiful you? Plastic Surgeons Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso, along with the team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, provide advanced plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment for patients from Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. We specialize in breast augmentation, breast implants, and tummy tuck surgery, as well as laser hair removal, Micro-Needling, BOTOX Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM, and other dermal fillers. Results may vary from person to person.