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What to Expect: Delayed Reconstruction
Delayed breast reconstruction surgery may begin weeks, months or even years after you have completely healed from your mastectomy. You and your care team will determine what’s best for your situation.
If you choose delayed reconstruction, the two-stage process is the only procedural option. The skin over your chest changes shape over time and needs an expander to create new skin to accommodate a breast implant.
Two-Stage Breast Reconstruction with an Implant
This combination of procedures gradually expands the skin on your chest into the shape of a breast and creates a pocket for the breast implant. The most common approach includes a tissue expander followed by placement of a breast implant – allowing for the most ﬂexibility in shaping the breast.
Your surgeon will surgically insert a tissue expander, and over the subsequent weeks in the office, slowly expand the space creating the breast shape. Typically, you’ll meet with your plastic surgeon every other week to ﬁll the expander with sterile saline in order to gradually stretch the skin.
Once the space reaches the right size and the tissue has healed (several months later), your surgeon will perform a second surgery to remove the tissue expander and replace it with the breast implant. If a mastectomy was only performed on one breast, you might choose to have the other breast lifted or augmented with an implant depending on what is needed to achieve optimal symmetry.
Your delayed breast reconstruction can be performed in a few ways: Using tissue expanders with breast implants, using breast implants alone, or using a dual-function implant – a combination tissue expander and breast implant.
MENTOR® CPGTM Gel Breast Implants
Projection, performance and peace of mind. A teardrop-shaped design helps create your desired look.
MENTOR®MemoryGelTM Breast Implants
When it comes to patient satisfaction, the uniquely formulated cohesive gel found within MENTOR® MemoryGelTM Breast Implants creates the soft, natural feel chosen by millions of women.1,*
MENTOR® SILTEXTM BECKERTM Expander/Breast Implants combine the advantages of tissue expanders with the feel of a gel breast implant. The saline-filled inner lumen of the BECKER™ Expander/Breast Implant provides the physician with the ability to control, within specified limits, the amount of expansion desired.
* In-person consumer survey with 452 respondents.
1. MENTOR Consumer Preference Market Research Report - July 2017