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Oncoplastic Surgery

Dennis R. Holmes, M.D., F.A.C.S. -  - Breast Cancer Surgeon

Dennis R. Holmes, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Breast Cancer Surgeon located in Los Angeles, CA and Glendale, CA

Dennis R. Holmes, M.D., F.A.C.S. is an internationally renowned breast cancer surgeon, researcher and innovator located in Glendale, California. His leading-edge procedures include oncoplastic surgery, which improves the effectiveness and cosmetic appearance of lumpectomy using techniques that preserve or improve breast shape and appearance at the time of lumpectomy. 

Oncoplastic Surgery Q & A

What is oncoplastic surgery?

Oncoplastic surgery is a group of breast surgical procedures that combine lumpectomy or partial mastectomy with procedures to preserve or improve breast appearance after surgery.  Oncoplastic surgery includes esthetic scar placement to minimize the appearance of breast incisions. It also includes complete full-thickness closure of the lumpectomy cavity to prevent formation of depressions and reduce fluid (seroma) accumulation in the breast after breast surgery. More complex oncoplastic surgery procedures combine breast reduction or breast lifts of both breasts to improve breast appearance and symmetry.  

As an educator and early adopter of oncoplastic surgery, Dr. Holmes has more than 20 years’ experience in oncoplastic surgery and currently serves as an oncoplastic surgery instructor for the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

Who is involved in oncoplastic surgery? 

Although most oncoplastic procedures may be performed by Dr. Holmes alone, Dr. Holmes usually collaborates with a plastic surgeon when breast reduction or breast lifts are planned at the time of lumpectomy. </p

Is oncoplastic surgery covered by insurance?

California law requires that all health plans provide coverage for surgical procedures on both breasts that are performed to maintain or restore breast symmetry after breast cancer surgery. Therefore, most oncoplastic surgical procedures are covered by insurance.

Are you a candidate for oncoplastic surgery?

Most women can benefit from oncoplastic surgery approaches that improve scar placement and reduce the risk of depressions that can develop in the breast after lumpectomy. However, women that benefit most are those with large breasts or low-hanging breasts who might desire breast reduction or breast lift.  Oncoplastic surgery may also be particularly beneficial for women with breast cancers in the part of the breast where obvious scars and poor cosmetic results are more common, such as in the upper inner and lower breast.

For more information about oncoplastic surgery, visit Dr. Holmes’s YouTube Channel here.