Choosing between natural tissue breast reconstruction or implants
The decision to undergo breast reconstruction is highly personal with a journey unique to each individual. However, what should remain consistent is that everyone should know of their reconstructive options. The goal of breast reconstruction is to provide for a feeling of wholeness after mastectomy or deformity. With the advances of medicine today, several breast reconstruction procedure options are available so you may choose the reconstructive option that is best for you.
Options for breast reconstruction include two main categories:
– Autologous, or use of the body’s own natural tissue
Natural Tissue (autologous) Breast Reconstruction Options
Natural tissue or autologous breast reconstruction uses the body’s own natural tissue so these techniques provide for a reconstructed breast that feels, looks and behaves like a natural breast. Some common regions of the body where skin and fat is first removed or altered for transfer, called the donor site, include the abdomen, thighs, buttock and back.