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Will Fitted Breast Prosthesis Mastectomy
Implants v. "Flaps": In general, there are two different techniques for reconstruction following a mastectomy. In one, tissue expanders are placed under the chest wall muscles and then are slowly expanded over months until "new" skin forms; they are then removed and replaced by implants. The other technique involves transferring tissue from one part of the body such as the abdominal wall or back to the chest wall. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I'm getting fibroadenoma removal after breast augmentation. Will the removal of a fibroadenoma affect my silicone implants?
Depends: For smaller volume increases, fat transfer works as well as implants. However for larger volumes, it may take several stages and is more difficult to get the same result as an implant. It also depends on the amount of breast tissue you start with, because fat transfer needs some tissue to survive. Generally speaking, it is more economical to get implants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No but.....: There is no direct link but there are concerns with the potential for implants to interfere with the detection of cancer. Particularly using mammograms. Special views (eklund) must be obtained. Alhtough there may be a delay in diagnosis, there has not been shown to be any effect on survival. With mri, surveillance is improved and may supplant mammography. As stated, alcl may be increased but rare. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Will i need to keep getting mammograms after breast reconstruction? Is there enough of my own breast tissue left after mastectomy and breast reconstruction to make imaging worthwhile?
Yes and No : If you had a single breast complete mastectomy, no more mammogram on that side. However, if you did not have both breast mastectomies, you still have the other bresst that is at increased risk given the history. So you need to continue screening mammograms for the other breast. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Probably Not.: Best to assume that your health insurance company will not cover any procedure related to breast augmentation surgery. It would be wise to have a personal “fund”, understanding that most patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery will likely need additional surgery at some point in their lives. There is however no standard “exchange period” for breast implants. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It depends: Breast reconstruction commonly utilizes implants either immediately after the mastectomy or later. When you meet with your plastic surgeon prior to surgery, you will discuss all of your options, including implant size. Clearly the average implant size will be greater than for cosmetic augmentation as the volume requirement is greater after the the breast tissue has been removed. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Any advice? What size breast implant do doctors put in when reconstructing the breast after a mastectomy?
Size to fit: Your plastic surgeon will take measurements of the chest to help determine what size implants to use. A woman who is 5'2", 100 lbs would not get the same implant as a woman who is 5'9" and 200 lbs for example, so the size varies from person to person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not a good technique: In the past, a few surgeons have used suture material to effectively enhance cup size as an alternative to breast implants. The reason for this varied but generally had to do with the fact that the strings could increase the cup size far larger than the largest implants. At this point, i don't know of any reputable plastic surgeon performing this technique. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Where is the incision made in breast implant removal? Where on the breasts does a surgeon make the incisions for breast implant removal?
The same site.: Most surgeons try to avoid creating an additional scar on the breast if possible. The periareolar incision, if done correctly, heals consistently well, provides excellent exposure for any correction needed, and can be incorporated into any future surgical incisions, such as a lift. As such, it is my personal first choice in initial breast surgeries. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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