The breast reconstruction procedures and techniques in our modern day are cutting edge and state-of-the-art. These procedures can help a woman cope with the anxiety and self-consciousness she feels about how she looks following a mastectomy. Plastic surgeons can offer a variety of procedures to their patients. They will present each option to a patient and let the person know what they themselves recommend. The recommendations will be based upon the individual's own unique situation, as well as her expectations, personal preferences and body frame.
When it comes to breast reconstruction procedures, implant reconstruction is the least invasive option that is preferred by a great number of patients. This is a good technique to choose for women who are thin to medium-sized in their build, and have breasts that are in the small to medium range. Implants are a wise choice for females who have bilateral reconstruction. Both of their breasts will be similar in appearance and will match when this choice is made.
The combined flap / implant procedure is slightly more sophisticated and complicated in its execution. In this case, both muscle and skin are removed from the upper back region and are formed in a manner of creating a pocket in which the implant will be placed. The results may be better than just opting for the implant reconstruction. It takes a longer period of time to complete this operation, and it is more extensive in nature.
Two other breast reconstruction procedures include the TRAM flap and the DIEP flap. In both these operations, tissue and fat are taken from the abdomen and are harvested in reconstructing the breast.
The reconstruction with the TRAM flap uses portions of the transverse rectus abdominis muscle, which supports and strengthens the walls of the abdomen. In other words, the patient's own tissue is used. When part of the muscle is removed for the surgery, this can bring about a weakening of the wall. Most patients who undergo this procedure are able to adapt to this modification in their body over time. When a breastfeeding is reconstructed using the patient's own tissue, most often this leads to a look that is as natural as possible.
Tissue can be taken from the lower abdomen without a need to take muscle with it. This breast reconstruction procedure is known as the DIEP technique. In this case, the plastic surgery team would remove tissue from the abdominal region, or sometimes the back, thigh or buttocks, and design a breast shape to be reconstructed on the bosom of the patient.
For women wanting to have reconstruction of a breast, the technique that make use of their own tissue offers their own share of benefits. These breast reconstruction procedures are becoming more popular all of the time.