Direct-To-Implant Breast Reconstruction
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CONSIDERING DIRECT TO IMPLANT BREAST RECONSTRUCTION?
Direct-to-Implant Breast reconstruction allows for the breasts to be reconstructed at the same time as a mastectomy. The surgery is performed through a small incision hidden in the crease below the breast. Unlike traditional reconstruction, the implant is placed at the same time as the mastectomy.
Direct-to-implant breast reconstruction minimizes discomfort and eliminates the need for patients to endure months of painful tissue expander fills.
This procedure gives women beautiful breasts. In fact, many of our patients say that they like their new, reconstructed breasts more than their prior breasts.
This breast reconstruction procedure is done during the same surgery as the mastectomy, so that patients wake up from surgery with their new breasts. Formerly, breast reconstruction was performed in stages. After mastectomy, a flat, fillable type of implant, called a tissue expander was placed. Over time, this expander was filled and then replaced with breast implants at a later date.
“We are so frustrated with the bad-looking results we see. The traditional process is painful, requires multiple surgeries, and gives unattractive outcomes. We are working to change the “standard of care” for breast reconstruction, because women deserve better. We want women to know that newer, better options exist.” – Lisa Cassileth, MD FACS
Most plastic surgeons place tissue expanders at the time of mastectomy to stretch the chest muscles and make room for breast implants. Over the next several months, the expanders are inflated using saline injections. Then, in a second surgery, they are removed and replaced with breast implants.
Many women find that breast reconstruction after mastectomy is one of the most demoralizing, difficult, and disappointing parts of breast cancer treatment. It has meant months of chest wall expansion and a mandatory second surgery to swap the expanders for permanent implants. And after two surgeries, patients may be left with reconstructed breasts disfigured by large, unsightly scars.
Now there is a better alternative.
CASSILETH ONE-STAGE BREAST RECONSTRUCTION
It starts with a mastectomy performed through a very small incision rather than the large across-the-breast scar that used to be the norm. The breast implant is placed during the mastectomy surgery, eliminating the need for painful and prolonged tissue expander appointments. Dr. Cassileth uses a natural collagen substance called acellular dermal matrix, or ADM to create an internal bra to support the implant. With this method, the breast can be recreated in a more natural position than typical breast reconstruction, and looks good even immediately after the surgery. Dr. Cassileth’s technique yields a very symmetric cosmetic result, and can produce virtually any desired breast size. The final scar is minimal, or it may even be completely absent. The results are beautiful, natural-looking breasts.
Most patients are good candidates for this procedure, which treats size A to size DD breasts. Breasts that are droopy are often also suitable for this procedure. The procedure gives a natural lift to the breast as the heavy breast is removed, and then the skin springs up to the new supported implant.
DIRECT-TO-IMPLANT BREAST RECONSTRUCTION
With more women than ever choosing to undergo mastectomy for the treatment or prevention of breast cancer, the desire for a better type of reconstruction has grown. Dr. Lisa Cassileth’s innovative technique allows women to awaken from mastectomy surgery with intact breasts, and minimal or no scarring.
Cassileth Plastic Surgery performs over 200 breast reconstructive cases per year. This includes nipple reconstruction, reconstruction implant revisions, and fat grafting. More than half of those 200 cases are primary breast reconstruction done at the time of the mastectomy in our Beverly Hills, CA surgery center.