If you are preparing to undergo a mastectomy, or if you have already had a mastectomy performed, you have several breast reconstruction options to consider. This page provides an overview of the various methods currently in use.
To evaluate your breast reconstruction options in more detail, schedule a consultation with our experienced Orlando breast surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Hartog. We can help you decide on the approach that will best meet your needs.
Breast Reconstruction With Implants
The traditional method of breast reconstruction uses breast implants. In some cases, breast implants can be placed at the same time as the mastectomy, filling the space created by the removed cancerous breast tissue. Other patients must wait to have their breast implants placed at a later date, using a tissue expander in the meantime to stretch the breast tissue.
Unfortunately, reconstruction with breast implants comes with a number of potential complications to consider, such as:
- Over half of all breast implants used for breast reconstruction need to be modified, removed, or replaced within the first 10 years.
- Breast implants can lead to capsular contracture, which causes your breast to harden or change shape due to internal scar tissue.
- Regular mammograms for breast cancer screening on your unaffected breast will be more difficult with breast implants.
- The process used place breast implants is invasive, especially if you need to use a tissue expander, which requires a second surgery to remove.
- You may have additional scarring.
Additionally, if your surgical biopsies show that radiation therapy is necessary, breast reconstruction with implants may have to be delayed until after radiation treatment is finished.
Tissue Flap Procedures
A tissue flap is a section of your skin – including muscle in some cases – that is moved from a different area of your body (usually your abdomen or back) to your chest in order to rebuild the breast. Tissue flap procedures are complex, and usually leave at least two surgical sites with scarring. They may also lead to donor site issues, such as hernias in the abdominal area, and muscle damage.
Breast Reconstruction With Fat Transfer: The 100% Natural Method
Instead of using implants and problematic tissue flap procedures, Dr. Hartog and his experienced breast reconstruction team at The Bougainvillea Clinique use scarless fat grafting techniques to provide breast cancer survivors with a 100% natural breast reconstruction. Fat grafting is the most innovative approach to breast reconstruction possible today, allowing Dr. Hartog to provide you with precise, refined results, and a truly scarless procedure.
Fat transfer (also called “lipofilling”) reduces the risks, downtime, and expense associated with breast reconstruction by only using your own fat – removed with gentile liposuction techniques – to rebuild your breasts. The non-invasive BRAVA® device is used to prepare your breast tissue for a scarless reconstruction, and the revolutionary RAFT (Reverse Abdominoplasty With Fat Transfer) procedure is used in the final stages, providing you with body contouring benefits.
Clinical studies have shown the efficacy, safety, and power of fat grafting for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. It is even possible restore sensation to your breast skin with this techniuqe. Dr. Hartog has trained with one of the innovators of this procedure, Dr. Roger Khouri, who developed the BRAVA® device. You can trust Dr. Hartog’s experience, knowledge, and skill to provide you with the best breast reconstruction possible.
If you have further questions about your breast reconstruction options, please contact The Bougainvillea Clinique today or call us at (407) 678-3116 to schedule your confidential consultation. We serve patients in Winter Park, Orlando, and throughout Central Florida. You can also visit our website devoted to scarless breast reconstruction techniques using fat grafting at breastreconstructionandaugmentation.com