There are several ways to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Breast reconstruction is typically done with either breast implants or your own tissue; sometimes these techniques are combined.
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Using breast implants for breast reconstruction after mastectomy is very different from a traditional breast augmentation, the entire breast needs to be recreated from a flat chest. During an implant procedure, a temporary saline implant, called a tissue expander, is placed at the time of mastectomy. The expander is then slowly filled with saline over a period of 8-12 weeks and once the desired size is reached the saline tissue expander is removed and replace it with the breast implant of your choice (e.g. silicone, saline, round, or teardrop.) Implants are a great option for those who want to control the size of their new breast. Most patients can obtain any cup size with implants.
A DIEP flap procedure utilizes stomach tissue to reconstruct your breast — however it is not a tummy tuck. During this procedure, the extra fat and skin below the belly button are removed, preserving the small blood vessels so that they can be re-attached in your chest. The primary advantage of using the DIEP flap for reconstruction is that it gives the most natural possible result, as it is your own tissue and mimics real breast tissue more accurately than an implant can. When you avoid implants, there are no long-term risks of having an unexpected implant problem. With a DIEP flap, once you recover from surgery, the tissue heals and acts just like your normal tissue – it will grow with you and age with you just as a normal breast would.
An Oncoplastic Reconstruction procedure is similar to Breast Reduction – except that in addition to removing the extra weight and volume that is normally done with a Breast Reduction, the tumor is removed as well. This procedure is a good option for patients who:
- Were considering a Breast Reduction prior to your diagnosis
- Have a large tumor in a small breast
- Are concerned about a change to the shape of your breast after removal of the tumor
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There are several options for breast reconstruction procedures after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. To speak with us regarding this procedure, schedule your free consultation with Dr. Correa by filling out the form on this page or by calling Correa Plastic Surgery at (281) 419-9119. Proudly serving patients in The Woodlands & Houston, TX.