Breast Reconstruction Surgery
There are three main types of breast reconstruction: autologous tissue-based reconstruction, implant reconstruction, and combination implant and autologous reconstruction.
Autologous Tissue-Based Reconstruction
This procedure offers the newest advancements to sculpt and shape breasts that look and feel natural. It may allow for sensation to the reconstructed breast. We create a fat graft or flap using tissue transplanted from somewhere on your body. When tissue is taken from the abdomen, you will also receive a tummy tuck. This procedure is suitable for women who do not have enough skin to cover an implant.
During the initial surgery, a tissue expander is placed under the pectoralis muscle. It is then filled with saline until the proper volume is achieved. Our surgeons then use either a saline or silicone implant for the reconstruction.
The typical candidate includes:
- Women with an adequate skin pocket to hold an implant
- Those who do not have adequate tissue for reconstruction or who do not want to use their own tissue
- Those without a history of radiation treatment
Implant reconstruction offers the shortest operative time and is the simplest breast reconstruction surgery.
Combination Implant and Autologous Reconstruction
This technique combines using implants and flaps, where tissue from another part of the body is used in the reconstruction.