Breast Reconstruction Newport Beach
Reconstruction of the breast is most commonly done after mastectomy for breast cancer. Depending on the breast size, existing anatomy, need for additional treatment, and patient preference, both implant-based and tissue-based breast reconstruction options are available. Breast reconstruction can be immediate, performed at the time of mastectomy, or delayed, performed at a later date.
Implant-based breast reconstruction involves placing tissue expanders at the initial surgery, which are then inflated with fluid over a period of 4-6 weeks. A second surgery is performed 3 months later, when the tissue expander is exchanged for a permanent implant. Modifications to the breast pocket size are often done at the same time to correct asymmetry. A third surgery may be done for nipple areolar complex reconstruction using local tissue flaps.
Tissue-based breast reconstruction involves using tissue either from your abdomen, back, or buttocks. For added volume and fullness, implants can also be added. A longer recovery time is needed for this type of breast reconstruction. Nipple areolar complex reconstruction can also be done at a later date.
Breast reconstruction can also correct congenital asymmetry of the breast in conditions such as amastia and/or tuberous breasts.