A breast reconstruction procedure can restore the shape of your breasts after a mastectomy. The decision to have this procedure is very personal and can give life-changing results, making you feel like yourself again. When it comes to breast reconstruction, several techniques can be used depending on your preference, body type, and your surgeon’s recommendation.
Breast reconstruction with implants will require a pocket to be created for the implant to be inserted. To create a pocket, a tissue expander will be placed in the breast area. The device will then be gradually filled with saline or air through a valve over the course of two to six months. Once the pocket is large enough, the permanent silicone or saline implant can be placed to create a breast mound.
Flap reconstruction involves taking tissue, fat, or muscle from other areas of the body to recreate the breast mound. The most common flap reconstruction technique is the TRAM flap reconstruction which uses tissue and muscle taken from the abdominal area. The DIEP flap is the most advanced form of reconstruction available today. For DIEP flap reconstruction, only skin and fat is taken from the abdomen, not muscle. By preserving the muscle, this technique can reduce pain during recovery and prevents abdominal weakness in the future! Both TRAM and DIEP flap reconstruction result in a slimmer abdominal profile as well. Some women prefer this technique because results feel more natural.
Both implant and flap reconstruction can effectively recreate the breast mound to restore your breast shape after a mastectomy. In some cases, a combination of these techniques can be used. No matter what technique you and surgeon choose, you can expect some recovery and downtime as your new breast heals.
If you are in the Fort Myers, Cape Coral, or Lehigh, FL areas, Dr. Golosow can assist you with choosing the best technique for your breast reconstruction procedure. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule your consultation!