Implant Based Breast Reconstruction is a procedure that doesn’t requires tissue from other parts of the patient’s body. In this breast reconstruction surgery, Silicon or saline implants are used to replace the breast muscles after the mammoplasty.
Implant Based Breast Reconstruction involves fewer complications than the other treatment options for breast reconstruction. This technique also has less side effects as compared to other procedures as the surgery is only done at the chest area and the breasts are filled with saline or silicone gel. In some cases a combination of both can be used to give the breasts a natural feel and look. When it comes to breast reconstruction with implants, there are two shapes available. These are round shape and teardrop shape.
Compared with the DIEP flap method of breast construction, Implant Based Breast Reconstruction lasts between 10 and 20 years while the former ages naturally with the rest of the body. The whole procedure is also considered less painful than other treatment options available today. The breast reconstruction with implants is done after mastectomy and improves the look and feel of the breast area. The breasts however won’t feel natural upon touch and will require silicon or saline replacement every 10 to 20 years.
Implant Based Breast Reconstruction – the procedure
The breast reconstruction with implants procedure is done by placing implants filled with salty water or silicone gel in the body. On the other hand, other procedures of breast reconstruction involve transplanting tissues from other parts of the body to the breast area.
During breast reconstruction with implants, the procedure is done by inserting the implants right under the chest muscles. This implant is filled with silicone gel or saline water. The implant reconstruction is done right after the mastectomy if the candidate has enough skin left. The procedure takes approximately forty minutes. The effects of the treatment are seen immediately with minimal scarring. Women with small to medium breasts are considered as the most ideal candidates for the procedure.
The treatment may require tissue expanders to be placed inside the body so that the tissue expander can create space for the silicone or saline implants. The expander is placed for the women who don’t have enough skin left after the mastectomy.
Is Implant Based Breast Reconstruction a good option?
Breast Reconstruction with Implants is considered a good option if you are looking for fast treatment with less pain with minimal side effects. It is far better than the DIEP flap reconstruction because it doesn’t require surgery on other parts of body at all. DIEP Flap reconstruction is done through harvesting tissue layer from another part of the body and using it as a breast implant to provide a natural look and feel to the breasts. The advantages of breast reconstruction with implants include:
- It doesn’t require harvesting tissue from other body parts
- Radiation therapy isn’t required after or before the treatment
- Perfect size and proper augmentation can be achieved
- You can choose any of the two shapes available
Complications of the treatment
Breast Reconstruction procedure is not advised if you are looking for a permanent answer to the breast implants as it will require replacement after ten to twenty years. Breast reconstruction is also not advisable if the patient is looking for a natural feel and alignment. This is because the breasts will feel colder and less mobile but it makes the breasts firmer.
Right after the treatment, the breasts may not feel natural and they won’t have the natural drop. This breast reconstruction procedure is not advised for women who have large breasts because of the complications in size that are felt afterwards. The procedure, if done with tissue expanders, causes the treatment to be delayed for over four months and that serves as the biggest downtime for the breast implants with tissue expander.
Expectations from treatment
After the breast reconstruction with implants, you should expect the breasts to feel firm, less mobile and smooth in nature. Six months post the breast surgery procedure, the breasts tend to get a little hard but the look and feel of the breasts won’t be affected.
FAQs on Breast Reconstruction with Implants
- How much time is required for the breast reconstruction with implants procedure?
Breast reconstruction with implants requires about forty minutes.
- How long after a mastectomy can one undergo the breast reconstruction with implants procedure?
You can undergo the procedure right after the mastectomy.
- Is Tissue expander necessary for implant reconstruction?
No, Tissue expander is required only if the patient doesn’t have enough skin to be used for autologous reconstruction.
- How does the breast feel after the breast reconstruction with implants procedure?
After the Implant reconstruction, the breasts will be firmer, less mobile but after sometimes, they will feel more natural and soft.