Types of Breast Reconstructive Procedures:
Breast Reconstructive Procedures:
There are two basic categories for reconstructive procedures used to recreate a breast:
· Implant-based: permanent silicone or saline implants are utilized to recreate a breast mound
o Breast implants are a great option for breast reconstruction and can achieve an excellent result in certain candidates
· Flap-based: your own tissue along with its blood supply from one area of your body is transferred to your breast area to recreate a breast
Utilizing a flap for reconstruction gives the benefit of using your own tissue for reconstruction of a breast. A flap often looks, feels, and moves more naturally than an implant alone. Most importantly, the flap also provides an added advantage of bringing in healthy, well-vascularized tissue to the breast area, which is beneficial for irradiated or compromised areas at the mastectomy defect. Flaps ameliorate some of the healing issues before or after radiation therapy by incorporating a remote source of blood flow, thus avoiding some of the potential complications with implant-based reconstruction.
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