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What are the some breast reconstruction options?

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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Implant or Tissue

The simplest method is to expand/ stretch the skin over a few weeks and then trade the expander for a permanent implant.
Other options involve moving skin and/or muscle from one part of the body up to the breast to reconstruct it. There are several options for this.

In brief: Implant or Tissue

The simplest method is to expand/ stretch the skin over a few weeks and then trade the expander for a permanent implant.
Other options involve moving skin and/or muscle from one part of the body up to the breast to reconstruct it. There are several options for this.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Several options

Breast reconstruction uses the patient's own tissue (from another part of the body) or a breast implant.
There are multiple tissue options. More than 1 surgery is usually needed. The degree of scarring, recovery and risks vary depending on the technique used. The nipple and areola can also be reconstructed. Some patients also have surgery on the other breast for best symmetry.

In brief: Several options

Breast reconstruction uses the patient's own tissue (from another part of the body) or a breast implant.
There are multiple tissue options. More than 1 surgery is usually needed. The degree of scarring, recovery and risks vary depending on the technique used. The nipple and areola can also be reconstructed. Some patients also have surgery on the other breast for best symmetry.
Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
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Dr. Hoang Nguyen
Cosmetic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Implants vs. Tissue

Options for breast reconstruction following mastectomy are: 1) Tissue expanders followed by implants, 2) Tissue flap reconstruction, including TRAM, DIEP flap, and other flaps, 3) Combination of flap and implant (latissimus + implant), and 4) Prosthesis -- meaning no reconstruction and wearing a prosthesis.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each type. Have a discussion with your surgeon.

In brief: Implants vs. Tissue

Options for breast reconstruction following mastectomy are: 1) Tissue expanders followed by implants, 2) Tissue flap reconstruction, including TRAM, DIEP flap, and other flaps, 3) Combination of flap and implant (latissimus + implant), and 4) Prosthesis -- meaning no reconstruction and wearing a prosthesis.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each type. Have a discussion with your surgeon.
Dr. Hoang Nguyen
Dr. Hoang Nguyen
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Dr. Robert Whitfield
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Breast cancer

I just have a brief discussion about options this past week.
The options include fat grafting into the pec major muscle with follow up fat grafting after using the brava. Sons method involves implants in a single stage or using tissue expanders in two stages. The third is flap surgery such as the diep flap. Of course any if these methods can also be used in combination for the needs of my patients.

In brief: Breast cancer

I just have a brief discussion about options this past week.
The options include fat grafting into the pec major muscle with follow up fat grafting after using the brava. Sons method involves implants in a single stage or using tissue expanders in two stages. The third is flap surgery such as the diep flap. Of course any if these methods can also be used in combination for the needs of my patients.
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Dr. Robert Whitfield
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Main decision

The main decision here is implant-based reconstruction versus tissue based reconstruction.
Implant based is easier on you but has associated implant/scar problems over the life of the patient in the average case. Tissue-based involves larger scale surgery and multiple site scars.

In brief: Main decision

The main decision here is implant-based reconstruction versus tissue based reconstruction.
Implant based is easier on you but has associated implant/scar problems over the life of the patient in the average case. Tissue-based involves larger scale surgery and multiple site scars.
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Implants v. "Flaps"

Following a mastectomy, there are two types of reconstruction: "flaps", where skin, fat, +/- muscle are transferred from one part of the body to the chest wall, or; "implants" where a tissue expander is placed under the chest wall muscle and slowly expanded to effectively grow new skin, after which the expander is replaced with a permanent implant.
Each have their pro's&con's.

In brief: Implants v. "Flaps"

Following a mastectomy, there are two types of reconstruction: "flaps", where skin, fat, +/- muscle are transferred from one part of the body to the chest wall, or; "implants" where a tissue expander is placed under the chest wall muscle and slowly expanded to effectively grow new skin, after which the expander is replaced with a permanent implant.
Each have their pro's&con's.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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