After a mastectomysome women choose to have cosmetic surgery to remake their breast. This type of surgery is called breast reconstruction. It can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy immediate reconstruction or later delayed reconstruction.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss the type of breast reconstruction that would work best for you. Women with larger breasts may need surgery on the other, unaffected breast to balance the appearance of their breasts. A breast implant is a round or tear-shaped sac made of rubberized silicone.
Types of breast reconstruction 2. Comparing breast reconstruction options 4. Reconstruction with breast-conserving surgery 5.
There are different reasons why breast lumps develop. Most lumps are not cancerous and do not pose any risk. Causes include infection, trauma, fibroadenoma, cystfat necrosis, or fibrocystic breasts. Breast lumps may develop in both males and females, but they are much more common in females.
What does the inside of the breast look like? This illustration shows the makeup of breast anatomy both inside and outside. This information will help you visualize what parts of the breast your doctor is referring to.
The breast is one of two prominences located on the upper ventral region of the torso of primates. In females, it serves as the mammary glandwhich produces and secretes milk to feed infants. At pubertyestrogensin conjunction with growth hormonecause breast development in female humans and to a much lesser extent in other primates.
As you age, the tissue and structure of your breasts begin to change. This is due to differences in your reproductive hormone levels caused by the natural process of aging. As a result of these changes, your breasts begin to lose their firmness and fullness.
During implant reconstruction, if you're having the implant inserted at the same time as mastectomy immediate reconstruction and enough tissue is available to cover the implant, your plastic surgeon will place the breast implant either under the chest muscle or over the chest muscle after your breast surgeon has removed the breast tissue. If a large amount of skin is removed during mastectomy or you're having the staged approach to implant reconstruction delayed-immediate reconstructionyour plastic surgeon places a tissue expander between the skin and chest muscle after your breast surgeon has removed the breast tissue. It stretches the skin to make room for the final implant. The expander has a port a metal or plastic plug, valve, or coil that allows the surgeon to add increasing amounts of liquid a salt water solution over time between 2 to 6 months until the skin gradually is stretched enough to accommodate the implant.
A common breast reconstruction technique is tissue expansion, which involves expansion of the breast skin and muscle using a temporary tissue expander. A few months later, the expander is removed and the patient receives either microvascular flap reconstructionor the insertion of a permanent breast implant. This type of breast reconstruction requires two separate operations.