After a mastectomy, or removal of the breast, a prosthetic can be inserted in the chest area to help create a new breast. In the majority of cases an expander is inserted under the chest muscle (pectoralis) and is serially inflated during the following weeks. Even though theoretically it is the simplest way to form a new breast, it does involve an expansion period that can range form 3 to 6 months, before placing the permanent implant and performing the later stages of the reconstruction.
In some cases an immediate implant can be placed during the initial surgery, thereby decreasing the stages in the reconstruction of a new breast.
In other cases a hybrid reconstruction, or the use of your own tissues and a prosthetic, is recommended to obtain optimal results.
Dr. Sarraga will discuss the benefits and risks of each procedure.