Implant-Based reconstruction is a widely recognized procedure that helps restore the breast’s shape and size following a mastectomy or lumpectomy. At Privé Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton, FL, our expert team employs advanced techniques and materials to ensure that patients regain not just the natural look of their breasts, but also their self-confidence and comfort.
Implant-Based reconstruction is a process by which the breast is restored using a breast implant following either mastectomy or from maldevelopment. Physical trauma and disease can both lead to deforming damage to the breasts. The most common underlying cause of needing breast reconstruction is undergoing a mastectomy as part of breast cancer treatment. One central component of implant reconstruction is the breast implant. Breast implants help restore the shape and contour of the breast and the patient’s sense of femininity and confidence.
Symptoms Addressed by the Procedure
- Asymmetry between the two breasts post-mastectomy or lumpectomy.
- Absence of one or both breasts after surgical removal.
- Discomfort or dissatisfaction with the appearance post-surgery.
- Desire for an alternative to autologous tissue reconstruction.
When Can Implant Reconstruction Help You?
Implant-based reconstruction is the most common type of breast reconstruction. This procedure uses breast implants to fill the space previously occupied by your natural breast tissue. Patients seeking to maintain their appearance can use breast implants to restore their breast shape and size. In implant-based reconstruction, patients can have more control over the size of their breasts. At Privé Plastic Surgery, we work with patients to produce the results they want the most after mastectomy; breast reconstruction can provide significant psychological benefits for patients who have lost one or both breasts to cancer or the risk of breast cancer.
Those who are good candidates for implant reconstruction are those who:
- Have coped well both with their treatment and diagnosis
- Are free of medical conditions that can complicate healing
- Retain a positive outlook about their recovery
- Have realistic goals about restoring their body image and breasts
There is a range of potential risks and complications that come with any medical procedure. While implant reconstruction is generally safe, some potential risks include:
- Anesthesia Sensitivity
- Blood clots
- Difficulty healing
- Fluid accumulation at the surgical site
- Implant specific complications such as rupture, infection, malposition, capsular contracture
- Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) a lymphoma that is associated with certain types of implant
- Breast Implant Illness (BII)which is a constellation of symptoms that have been attributed to having breast implants which include but not limited to fatigue, rashes, hair loss, memory loss
Some are these are common side effects experienced by patients undergoing implant reconstruction. Other long-term complications will be discussed with you during your consultation appointment with Dr. Wu.
Why Implant-Based Reconstruction is Needed
Following surgeries like a mastectomy, women often seek breast reconstruction to regain a natural breast appearance. While there are various methods available, implant-based reconstruction is popular due to:
- Shorter surgery and recovery time compared to flap procedures.
- No need for tissue removal from another part of the body.
- Flexibility in choosing the desired breast size.
How is Implant-Based Reconstruction Performed?
During your consultation with Dr. Wu, our team will work with you to provide you with the best options for breast reconstruction. Dr. Wu and her team will provide a fully comprehensive treatment plan and outcomes for the types of breast reconstruction we provide, as breast implants can pose issues depending on the patient’s prior history and need for breast cancer treatment. Once you are determined to be a good candidate for implant-based reconstruction, our certified plastic surgeons will perform the treatment under the following procedure steps:
- Tissue Expanders: Dr. Wu may determine that you will benefit from a temporary tissue expander that is placed to create a pocket for your breast implant. This expander is typically filled over the course of weeks to months to stretch the skin and sometimes muscle in order to accommodate the implant. Dr. Wu also uses acellular dermal matrix to reduce pain and the time of this expansion.
- Direct to Implant Reconstruction: Some patients do not need the tissue epander and can have an implant placed at the time of mastectomy. This is called direct to implant reconstruction. Using acellular dermal matrix, Dr. Wu will place the implant either on top or below to the muscle depending on your specific desire and needs.
- Silicone or Saline Implant: After the desired size for the reconstructed breast is achieved, the expander is removed, and the implant is placed during an outpatient procedure. This implant can be filled with either silicone or saline; it has different shapes and sizes. Dr. Wu and you will determine which is the best for your body.
- Other Procedures: Throughout this period, other procedures, such as fat grafting, can be used to provide better symmetry for the breast implants during the second stage of treatment.
While implant-based reconstruction can address existing issues, it’s vital to:
- Have regular check-ups to monitor implant health.
- Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities as advised post-surgery.
- Follow a balanced diet and exercise routine to maintain overall health.
Breast implant reconstruction provides less downtime for patients and an easier recovery than other forms of reconstruction. Patients can control their outcomes when working with their plastic surgery team for breasts that restore the shape and size of the desired breasts.
A Brighter Future: Restorative Confidence and Comfort
Navigating the challenges of mastectomy can be overwhelming for many women, with emotional and physical landscapes forever altered. Yet, implant-based reconstruction emerges as a beacon of hope, providing an opportunity to rejuvenate and restore the body’s natural silhouette. This procedure not only revives physical aesthetics but also instills a deep-seated sense of confidence and self-assurance.
As medical technology progresses, the methodologies behind implant-based reconstruction are continually refined. This constant evolution assures patients of more personalized and tailored results. The path to recovery, underpinned by the expertise at Privé Plastic Surgery, heralds a future where comfort meets confidence, allowing women to embrace their reconstructed self with pride and joy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between implant-based reconstruction and autologous tissue reconstruction?
Implant-based reconstruction uses silicone or saline implants to recreate the breast mound, while autologous tissue reconstruction uses tissue from another part of the patient’s body, like the abdomen or thigh.
How long is the recovery period after implant-based reconstruction?
Recovery varies among individuals. Typically, patients can resume most daily activities within 4-6 weeks, but following the doctor’s specific post-operative instructions for optimal healing is crucial.
Are there risks associated with implant-based breast reconstruction?
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks, including implant leakage or rupture, infection, and scarring. At Privé Plastic Surgery, our team ensures that patients are well-informed and takes measures to minimize risks.
Take the Step Towards Restorative Beauty
The path to regaining your natural silhouette starts with understanding and choosing the right procedure for you. At Privé Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to guiding you at every step. If implant-based reconstruction feels like your next chapter or if you have questions about the process, reach out to us at (516) 717-3181. Your journey towards renewed confidence begins here.