What is Immediate Reconstruction with Implants?
Immediate reconstruction with implants is done in one surgical procedure at the same time as the mastectomy.
While our surgeons do not perform your mastectomy, we will refer you to the best oncologic breast surgical specialist. We strongly believe your aesthetic outcome is influenced by your general breast surgeon and their individual approach to mastectomy. Dr. Gawley works very closely with a team of general surgeons who incorporate the latest breast cancer treatment techniques with the best options to both remove cancer and offer the best cosmetic outcome as well.
To learn more about mastectomy surgeons Drs. Liu and Gunia, visit www.azbreastcenter.com.
How is Immediate Reconstruction with Implants Performed?
This procedure is done by inserting saline or silicone implants immediately after the breast tissue is removed. With this technique, tissue expanders are not needed due to the use of acellular dermal matrix (ADM), or donor tissue. The ADM is used to help create a pocket large enough to accommodate a breast implant. Incisions are then closed and drains are placed to collect any excess fluids.
The ADM will fully incorporate into your own tissue within six weeks. Moderate discomfort is to be expected, though pain medication can be prescribed to ensure your comfort. A supportive bra will need to be worn for eight to 12 months to ensure optimal results.
For more information regarding immediate reconstruction with implants, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.