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Implant-based reconstruction in Southlake is a procedure done to restore the volume and shape of the breast for women who have undergone a mastectomy (surgery to remove the breast). The procedure can be done as part of mastectomy surgery or can be performed at a later time.
Many women face problems with self-confidence and may become socially withdrawn after breast removal surgery. Getting the breasts reconstructed can help improve appearance, breast symmetry, and self-confidence during a difficult and frustrating transition.
Women who have breast cancer or who face a serious risk of getting breast cancer often need to get one or both breasts removed. New breast contours can be created using the patient’s own tissues or a prosthetic breast implant.
Reconstruction of the breasts using an implant does not create a new natural breast but creates a similar appearance. The implant is a round shell made from silicone. It is filled with saline or silicone gel. When the implant is surgically placed in the breast area, it creates the shape of a new breast.
Why Choose Implant-Based Reconstruction?
Implanted-based breast reconstruction results in a faster recovery process and a shorter surgical procedure than tissue-based reconstruction. It is less invasive overall and focuses on only a single surgical site. Tissue-based reconstruction also relies on the patient having enough donor tissue, which is not always the case.
It is important to note that implant-based reconstruction is not suited for women who need to get radiation therapy.
Prior to the procedure, Dr. Ameen Habash explains the details of the implant-based reconstruction procedure, including its benefits, potential complications, preparation, and the recovery process.
Even though reconstructive surgery may be only required for one breast, it may be necessary to also carry out surgery on the other breast in order to ensure that the size and shape of the breasts match. This can be discussed during the consultation.
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The implant-based breast reconstruction procedure is done under anesthesia, and the patient usually remains in the hospital for a day or two afterwards. The chosen breast implant is placed either behind or in front of the chest muscle. Once the procedure is completed, sutures are used to close all incisions.
In many cases, a tissue expander will be needed. This balloon-like prosthetic device is used to gradually expand the chest tissues in order to ensure that there is enough room for an implant.
The tissue expander is first placed below or above the chest muscle. Saline is injected into the expander during several visits over the course of a few months, expanding the balloon in order to expand the tissues. Once the tissue is expanded, the expander is removed during a second surgery and is replaced with a permanent breast implant.
After the Reconstruction Procedure
Full recovery may take a month or so. During this time, prescribed medications must be taken, along with follow-up visits to ensure that healing is going as expected. Bruising and swelling are common and will fade over time.
Certain strenuous activities need to be avoided for some time, and patients must stay home from work until cleared to return. Nipple reconstruction, if required, may be performed a few months later.
The patient will need to meet with Dr. Habash for annual check-ups. This helps to avoid any potential reconstruction-related complications.
Contact Our Office
If you are interested in learning more about implant-based reconstruction in Southlake, contact the office of Dr. Ameen Habash and set up your consultation. He will be happy to answer your questions and walk you through the procedure in greater detail.