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Healing From Failed Implant Reconstruction with Autologous Breast Reconstruction 2017-11-09T03:06:32+00:00

The failure of implant reconstruction, and the complications associated with cosmetic breast augmentation can be devastating.  Through natural tissue breast reconstruction, women can restore the warm, natural shape of their breast, and heal once and for all from any current or potential implant complications or failures.

Reasons for Natural Breast Reconstruction After Implants

Implant Reconstruction Failure

Even with the technical advancements of breast enhancement procedures, complications can occur after surgery that contribute to situations that may require the implant to be removed.

Among patients who had tissue expander-implant reconstructions, the major complication rate was 24.4 percent without radiation therapy and 45.4 percent with radiation therapy. The overall complication rates for radiation delivered before (63.6 percent) and after (58.3 percent) implant-based reconstruction. – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Breast Pain after Implants

The most common local complications and adverse outcomes are capsular contracture (hardening of breast area around the implant), reoperation (additional surgeries), implant removal and rupture or deflation of the implant. Other complications include implant wrinkling, asymmetry, scarring, pain, and infection at the incision site. These local complications often result in reoperation or implant removal.

Some women experience breast pain after implants for not just one, but even up to five to ten years.

Many women who have opted to replace their implants through natural tissue breast reconstruction have reported not only a reduction in breast pain, but a total elimination of breast pain altogether.

Thanks to natural tissue breast reconstruction, there is no risk of leak or rupture – your body will not be faced with the challenge of reacting to a foreign material. You will always have the feeling of your own warm, natural breast, never having to risk the possibility of capsular contracture.

PART 1:

What Does Autologous Breast Reconstruction Mean For Me and My Body?

GETTING STARTED: TERMINOLOGY & DEFINITIONS

As you conduct research, having a clear understanding of the terminology you’ll find will empower you to make the best decision for yourself, as well as help you in finding the surgeon with the surgical expertise suited for you.

PART 2:

How Is Autologous Reconstruction a Solution for My Implant Failure?

WITH THESE DEFINITIONS IN MIND: YOU, YOUR BODY, and RECONSTRUCTION

If you are considering replacing your reconstructed implant failure with another implant failure it is important to understand these statistics as you make your decision.

Among patients who had tissue expander-implant reconstructions, the major complication rate was 24.4 percent without radiation therapy and 45.4 percent with radiation therapy. The overall complication rates for radiation delivered before (63.6 percent) and after (58.3 percent) implant-based reconstruction. – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (view source here)

With these statistics in mind, considering natural tissue, muscle-sparing autologous breast reconstruction surgery over another failed implant reconstruction can feel safer, lead to a faster recovery, and allow for an overall more holistic and final recovery.

PART 3:

What Are The Procedures For Breast Reconstruction, like DIEP or SGAP?

Are All Women Candidates for Breast Reconstruction After Implant Failure? 

The vast majority of women are candidates for breast reconstruction. There are a variety of reconstructive options and you may not be a candidate for all types. The specialized your surgeon, the more options you’re able to be a candidate for.

What are the advantages to free flap reconstruction vs. implant reconstruction?

  1. You have your own natural tissue being used to reconstruct your breast.
  2. The flap reconstruction does not deflate which may occur with a breast implant.
  3. The flap reconstruction does not need to be replaced which may occur with a breast implant if the implant is too old.
  4. You do not have to wear a breast prosthesis.
  5. Since there is no breast implant, infection from the implant is avoided.
  6. If you undergo DIEP flap, the bottom half of your abdomen will be less distended, this is similar to a “tummy tuck.”

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION PROCEDURES

  • DIEP flap:  Abdominal muscle is cut in order to get the vessels but no muscle is taken.
  • Stacked DIEP flap: Both halves of the abdomen are taken and are stacked together.
  • SHAEP flap: Extending  DIEP, tissue can be used from the hip in combination with abdominal tissue to get the volume needed to reconstruct both breasts.
  • SIEA flap: No incisions are made to the abdominal muscle, all vessels taken are from on top of the muscle.
  • S-GAP flap: Upper portion of your buttock is taken
  • I-GAP flap: Lower portion of your buttock is taken
  • TUG: Upper portion of your thighs are taken
  • PAP: Upper thigh at buttock crease is taken
  • LAP: Lower back and hip area or “love handles.” is taken
  • T-DAP & ICAP: Chest wall underneath the arm is taken
  • Stacked Combination Flap: Perforator flaps from different donor sites can be combined/stacked to obtain adequate volume in breast reconstruction. One example is a “stacked” DIEP and PAP combination.

PART 4:

What Our Patients Are Saying +
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