What is the difference between a one-step and two step implant-only reconstruction?
If you’re having a one-step procedure, a permanent implant will be inserted under the chest muscle. It’s possible your chest may need to be stretched with an expandable saline implant. With this method more saline will be injected into the implant over time.
If you’re having the two-step procedure, a temporary implant is inserted to expand the breast over time. Once the breast reaches its ideal size, the temporary breast implant is removed and replaced with a silicone implant.
What downtime can I expect after an implant-only reconstruction?
There will likely be some discomfort after the procedure as the breast heals. However, this can be managed with prescribed pain medication. It’s worth noting that an implant only reconstruction creates less natural results than a combined implant and latissimus dorsi flap procedure. It also might not be suitable for those with medium to large breasts.
Am I suitable for an implant-only reconstruction?
In order to determine whether this is the right surgery option for you, you’ll be required to attend an initial consultation. Here you will be fully assessed by Mr Tulley and he will advise you on the best procedure for you. It also gives you the opportunity to find out more about the procedure and the risks and potential complications involved.
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For advice on which breast reconstruction option is the most appropriate procedure for you, book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley by calling 020 7183 1559 or use the contact form.