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Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after breast reconstruction surgeons in Palm Beach. His attention to detail and methodical technique create beautiful and natural results in cosmetic breast surgery. Breast reconstruction is offered to woman who undergo removal of their breast after a diagnosis of cancer, or as a prophylactic method in patients at high risk. Dr. Rueda specializes in breast reconstruction with implants and flaps. Breast reconstruction with flaps is commonly known as reconstruction with the patient’s own tissue or autologous reconstruction.

There are known advantages to reconstructing a woman’s breast proven in all the scientific studies: Restoration of cosmetic breast shape and contour, enhanced confidence and perception of self, enhanced quality of life, restoration of physical and emotional balance



Both methods of breast reconstruction, implant or your own tissue (autologous reconstruction), are excellent and time proven procedures. The decision of which type of reconstruction to choose is largely dependent on patient desires and expected time to recovery.


This type of reconstruction uses a breast implant to rebuild the new breast. The traditional method places an implant called a “tissue expander”; this implant is placed in an initial surgery. The expander functions as an internal balloon that is gradually filled with fluid from the outside until its filled to the desired volume. After this is complete, a second surgery is done about 4-8 weeks later to replace this expander by a traditional silicone implant. In patients that are good candidates, Dr. Rueda is specializes in doing the reconstruction in a single procedure where the definitive implant is placed instead of a tissue expander, this is called “direct to implant” reconstruction.



This type of reconstruction uses tissue from somewhere else in the body to rebuild a new breast. The most common areas of the body used as donors of tissue are the abdomen and the back. If these areas have had prior surgery, it is likely the tissue has been injured and it may not be used for reconstruction. These procedures generally require a single but longer operation to complete the initial reconstruction. In patient’s who are good candidates, Dr. Rueda prefers TRAM flap reconstruction using tissue from the abdomen; for other patient’s he uses Latissimus Dorsi flap reconstruction using tissue from the back.

Recovery and Downtime

Recovery and Downtime


Mastectomy surgery is done by a breast cancer surgeon or surgical oncologist. Removal of the breast, also known as mastectomy, is a procedure where the breast gland is removed. Dr. Rueda does not perform mastectomy surgery, but performs breast reconstruction to rebuild a new breast after mastectomy. There are different kinds of mastectomy breast surgery; some of the most common are skin sparing mastectomy and nipple sparing mastectomy.

Skin Sparing Mastectomy

Skin sparing mastectomy is a procedure where the breast gland, nipple, and some breast skin are removed; it is called skin sparing because it tries to save as much skin as possible in the native breast. These patient’s are candidates for reconstruction of their absent breast gland and nipple.

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Nipple sparing mastectomy is a procedure where the breast gland and some skin are removed while the nipple is preserved. There are strict criteria to make sure a patient is a candidate for this procedure; it is only offered to patients who do not increase the risk of cancer recurrence by keeping the nipple.

Why choose precision plastic surgery for your Breast Reconstruction procedure?

Dr. Rueda, a Cleveland Clinic trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience in Plastic Surgery will be your safe and best choice for breast reconstruction surgery. Successful results in this procedure require a surgeon that is experienced, artistic, and detailed oriented. Dr. Rueda has published articles on breast reconstruction in expert peer reviewed journals, and his work has been presented in several national plastic surgery conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting long-term relationship and have the best breast reconstruction Palm Beach can offer.

Use your own tissue

Dr. Rueda is one of the few plastic surgery specialists in Palm Beach who offers breast reconstruction with your own tissue (autologous reconstruction). These techniques have been shown to lead to improved patient satisfaction in the long-term for some woman.

Minimize the amount of surgeries

Dr. Rueda also specializes in direct to implant breast reconstruction. In patient’s who are good candidates, Dr. Rueda can perform implant reconstruction that usually takes two surgeries in one single procedure. This is important for the patient as it reduces the time to healing and also allows for earlier return to cancer treatment if needed.

Reduce your pain

Dr. Rueda uses a special technique with injectable long acting medication that reduces the postoperative discomfort after surgery. In some patients Dr. Rueda has noticed up to 40% reduced discomfort after breast reconstruction surgery.

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