Breast Implant Reconstruction patients often require breast implants to restore the natural shape and size of the breasts. Implants used for reconstruction are the same as those used in a breast augmentation procedure.
Procedures are performed in a fully accredited surgical facility certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities Inc. (AAAASF), The State of Arizona, and Medicare.
What is Implant Reconstruction?
Following mastectomy to remove the breasts in order to treat or prevent breast cancer, breast reconstruction is a surgical option to restore the shape of the breasts. One option for breast reconstruction includes reconstruction using breast implants. There are two main types of breast implants used today, including silicone gel or saline implants. Silicone gel implants are pre-filled with a firm silicone gel and are feel more like natural breast tissue. Saline implants are filled with saltwater and tend to feel firmer than silicone implants. The type that is best for you can be discussed with your plastic surgeon. Reconstruction with implants is the most common type of breast reconstruction in the United States today to restore the look of your natural breasts.
Who is a Good Candidate for Implant Reconstruction?
Individuals who have enough healthy skin and tissue following mastectomy to support and cover a breast implant, who would like to avoid incisions and scars that come with flap reconstruction, and do not need radiation therapy are often good candidates for breast implant reconstruction surgery. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is through a consultation appointment with your plastic surgeon. During this appointment, you can discuss your goals and concerns, as well as ask any questions that you may have regarding breast reconstruction.
Our mission at Tucson Plastic Surgery is to provide you with an unparalleled experience by taking time to listen and understand your individual needs and concerns. We believe creating a custom-tailored plan based on your goals and unique anatomy is essential to achieving your best possible results.
Breast implant reconstruction may begin with the placement of a breast implant or tissue expander, either at the same time as your mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or at a later date (delayed reconstruction. Tissue expansion is done to stretch the remaining skin on the chest to make room for a breast implant. This is a gradual process that allows the skin to stretch over time. A breast implant will then be placed either above or behind your chest muscle to create the look of natural breasts. These steps may require multiple surgeries in order to achieve the best outcome. However, this procedure may differ from patient to patient, so be sure to discuss your surgery options with your doctor.
I had a bi-lateral mastectomy in 2014 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time. I was never pleased with my original reconstruction and it was just chance that I saw an Instagram post about Dr. Kurtovic which mentioned her reconstruction specialty. I made an appointment and was seen immediately. Dr. Kurtovic is very professional and personable. She listened to my experience and assured me she could improve my appearance. There are not enough words in the English language to express my gratitude to Dr. Kurtovic. I look like a woman again. I feel like a woman again. Physical appearance is not everything, but let me tell you, what Dr. Kurtovic did for me is nothing short of a miracle. I now have breasts that are the same size and can wear pretty lingerie with confidence. I will be forever grateful”
Following breast implant reconstruction, you may feel soreness for several weeks. Pain medication will be prescribed as needed. Most patients are able to return to normal activities after about six weeks, though this may vary. Generally, you will follow up with your plastic surgeon annually to monitor your reconstructed breast after you are fully healed. Your plastic surgeon will give you instructions on how to minimize stiffness and scar tissue build-up, as well as how to care for your dressings, sutures, surgical drains, etc. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have post-surgery questions!
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If you are considering breast reconstruction using implants, contact Tucson Plastic Surgery today! We would be happy to schedule your consultation appointment, which is the first step on your breast reconstruction journey.