One of the forms of reconstruction that we offer uses implants to help recreate the breast mound. This surgery is typically done in two stages, with the first stage at the time of mastectomy (breast removal) when a tissue expander is placed. A tissue expander is a temporary implant that is used to create a pocket for the final breast implant. We have experience placing the implant either below (retropectoral) or above (prepectoral) the chest muscle, depending on what is right for the patient depending on a number of complex factors. The second stage involves the exchange of the tissue expander for a permanent implant, made of either silicone or saline. This typically a short, outpatient procedure and can be combined with a symmetrizing breast lift or reduction on the opposite side. It is important to note that “permanent” implants are not designed to last for your entire life but should be changed every 10-15 years. In some patients, fat grafting using your own fat removed with liposuction will allow contouring and a more natural appearance for the upper breast.
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If you’re ready to schedule your implant-based reconstruction surgery or simply want to learn more about the procedure, our doctors can give you the answers and reassurance you need to make the decision that’s right for you. To schedule your private consultation, call 212-628-7300.