Implant reconstruction uses saline or silicone implants to create a breast with the correct shape and size. Both saline and silicone implants are available is many sizes and shapes so that a surgeon can easily find one that matches your anatomy and desired size. Implants are not permanent and they can be removed and replaced over time.
Saline implants have a silicone outer layer and are filled with salt water. These types of implants tend to have a firmer feel to them when compared silicone.
Silicone implants are still controversial because of the fear that they may leak and spread silicone to the breast tissue and other areas. These implants are filled with a liquid or cohesive gel silicone that gives a more natural feel and weight which some people feel is worth the risk.
No matter which implant you decide to go with, they are always placed under the pectoralis chest muscle.
This procedure is the most natural breast reconstruction because it uses the woman’s own skin, fat, and muscle.
Tissue flap procedure give the most natural feel and movement to the breast but are also one of the most complex to perform and have the longest recovery time.
There are two distinct types of tissue flap procedures:
With “attached flaps” doctors use skin, fat and muscles from the abdomen or back. Part of the tissue and muscle are brought under the skin to the chest area, where it is shaped to look like a breast. This flap remains connected to the original blood supply.
“Free flaps” are complete tissue transplants. Your surgeon takes skin, fat, and small portions of muscles surrounding blood vessels taken from either the abdomen or the buttocks. These flaps are then attached to the chest and then formed to the correct size and shape of a breast.
Risks and Complications
One of the biggest complication with flap reconstructive surgery is the possibility that some or all of the flap tissue can die, also known as necrosis. This is usually cause by an insufficient blood supply to the tissue. The spot can appear as a hard lump or when an area feels thickened.
Silicone and saline implants are sometimes unpredictable. If you feel you may need reconstruction from a previous procedure, we can recommend the best procedure for you. We're dedicated to giving you the ideal results you've always desired. To learn more about breast implant reconstruction, please contact West Medical at (855) 690-0565, and our helpful medical staff will answer any questions you may have.
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