Are you considering breast reconstruction surgery, but do not want to undergo autologous reconstruction? Breast reconstruction with implants is another option that Dr. Washington is highly skilled in performing without long operative times.
After the breast surgeon completes his or her part of the procedure, Dr. Washington will assess the remaining tissue and defect to determine the best approach. He can either do immediate reconstruction with an implant or place a tissue expander to expand the overlying tissue and delay implant insertion.
What should you know about TISSUE EXPANDERS for breast reconstruction?
If a tissue expander is placed, this will require a series of expansion in the office every two weeks until the desired size is achieved. Thereafter, the tissue expander is exchanged for an equivalent size implant under general anesthesia.
What is the goal of reconstructive breast implant surgery?
A breast implant is a shell, made of silicone, that is filled with silicone gel or saline. They are placed under or over the pectoralis (chest muscle), essentially replacing the breast tissue that was removed during procedures such as a mastectomy. Implants help to restore both volume and shape to the breast without the need for long surgery like autologous reconstruction.
Dr. Washington’s goal for you is to help give you a natural, proportionate, and youthful appearance that will give you a commanding sense of confidence.
Is reconstructive breast implant surgery right for you?
Using your own tissue to reconstruct your breast has the added bonus of typically lasting a lifetime, while breasts restored with implants typically must be replaced per manufacturer recommendations. This makes autologous breast reconstruction a popular choice among the many options for reconstructive surgery. You can choose to have your flap reconstruction done in conjunction with your mastectomy, this is known as immediate, or delay the reconstruction to a later time. Either way, you should be in relatively good health with minimal comorbidities.
What should I expect after reconstructive breast implant surgery?
After surgery, you will be placed in either a supportive garment or wrapped with bandages to maintain the position of the breasts. Patients usually return to work by one week post-op and return to regular daily activities after four to six weeks. Follow-ups with Dr. Washington will keep you informed and aware of your healing progress and what functions are safe to perform to avoid injury.
Why choose reconstructive breast implant surgery with Dr. Washington?
Dr. Washington has spent his entire plastic surgery training in mastering breast reconstruction techniques, including those with implants. He understands that each patient’s story and aesthetic goals are different, and he is highly skilled to help his patients reach those goals. Dr. Washington uses the most up to date, state of the art technology and techniques to ensure the best results for his patients. Call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Washington for a personalized evaluation and discussion of what option is right for you!
“The most important and fulfilling aspect to me, is seeing the joy in my patients eyes after surgery; the spark in them signifying the moment when they realize their refined beauty reflects their spirit and inner beauty.”