Breast reconstruction with implants makes it possible for women who have undergone a mastectomy to restore the appearance of their breasts.
Although its most common for breast reconstruction to be completed in stages, some women choose to receive breast implants at the time of a mastectomy through direct-to-implant breast reconstruction.
Dr. Ravi Tandon can work with your oncologist to determine of you are an ideal candidate for direct-to-implant breast reconstruction during consultations at his New Orleans, LA practice. If you would like to find out if direct-to-implant reconstruction is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tandon.
Before direct-to-implant breast reconstruction was an option, breast reconstruction was primarily performed in stages after mastectomy. The first step involved placing tissue expanders, which are gradually inflated, to stretch the skin of the breasts and make room for the implants to be placed. After the skin was sufficiently stretched, another surgery would be performed to place the implants.
Although this remains a treatment option, many women choose to undergo direct-to-implant breast reconstruction to avoid multiple surgeries and enjoy restored breasts immediately following mastectomy.
During direct-to-implant breast reconstruction, the final implant is placed during mastectomy surgery, when the breast tissue is removed. Although tissue expanders are not used in direct-to-implant breast reconstruction, the breast tissues must be rebuilt to support the implant.
A material called acellular dermal matrix is used for this purpose. It helps keep the implants in place and maintains their shape.
Direct-to-implant breast reconstruction makes it possible to reduce the number of surgeries for breast reconstruction and helps many women feel comfortable with their bodies after having one or both breasts removed.
While direct-to-implant reconstruction has helped many patients eliminate the need for multiple reconstruction surgeries, not all patients are ideal candidates.
Candidates for direct-to-implant breast reconstruction include those who:
For more information about direct-to-implant breast reconstruction, or to find out if this treatment is right for you, please call (504) 455-1000 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Tandon will work with you to find the right treatment for your needs.