Guthrie plastic and reconstructive surgeons collaborate with breast surgeons and oncologists to help recreate the shape and appearance of a woman’s breast following a mastectomy.
- Implant-based reconstruction: typically a staged procedure involving the placement of a tissue expander to the desired breast mound size, followed by an exchange to a permanent implant, either saline-filled or silicone filled. The recovery for this procedure is quicker, but the process of tissue expansion is lengthier and is partially determine by any other treatments that are needed, such as chemotherapy.
- Autologous reconstruction: use of your own tissue (skin, subcutaneous fat and/or muscle) to recreate the breast mound. Tissue is taken from either the back or abdomen. The recovery for this procedure is often lengthier, but can have better long-term outcomes.