If you’ve lost part of your breast tissue as a result of cancer treatment, a breast reconstructive surgery can help to rebuild the natural shape of the breast, helping to restore confidence. There are two different procedures used to reconstruct the breast and in many cases, an implant only reconstruction can help to achieve excellent results.
An implant-only reconstruction is also an ideal option for those with smaller breasts and those seeking a simpler procedure.
What does an implant-only reconstruction entail?
In order to reconstruct the breast, Mr Paul Tulley will place a breast implant underneath the pectoral muscles. It can be done as a one-step or two-step process and typically requires much less downtime than a latissimus dorsi flap. The procedure takes around two to three hours in total.
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.
Other breast reconstruction procedures:
- Implant only breast reconstruction
- Latissimus dorsi flap
- TRAM/DIEP free flap
- Nipple reconstruction and breast symmetry