For women who have had one or both breasts removed through a mastectomy, breast reconstruction with implants offers a solution to rebuild the shape, size, and appearance of the breasts. It's common for breast reconstruction to be performed in two stages and it may be the preferred choice for some women.
During personal consultations, Dr. Ravi Tandon works closely with patients to determine if two-stage breast reconstruction with implants is the right treatment. Contact our New Orleans, LA practice to find out if two-stage breast reconstruction is right for you.
When one or both breasts are removed, it can leave women feeling insecure and less feminine. Fortunately, many women who have had a mastectomy can benefit from breast reconstruction with implants.
Restoring the breasts with implants can restore the fullness and shape of the breasts, helping women feel like themselves again. Many feel a regained sense of femininity and confidence in their bodies after two-stage breast reconstruction.
As the name suggests, two-stage breast reconstruction is performed in two stages, which occur over the course of about a month.
The first stage starts after a mastectomy has been performed. During the first stage, a tissue expander is placed in the area where the breast once was. If both breasts have been removed, two tissue expanders are placed, one in each breast.
The expanders are gradually filled with saline during periodic doctor's visits to help stretch the skin and make room for the implants.
Once the skin is sufficiently stretched, the second stage of two-stage breast reconstruction may be completed. During this stage, the tissue expanders are removed and the breast implants placed.
A tissue expander can be thought of as an inflatable breast implant. Tissue expanders are gradually filled with a saline solution to gently stretch the skin. This solution is injected into the expander several times over the course of a few weeks or sometimes months until the tissue is sufficiently stretched.
Most women find the process of stretching the skin with a tissue expander to be relatively painless. However, some may feel some tightness in the skin, pressure, or a feeling of the skin stretching when the expanders are filled.
There are benefits to undergoing two-stage breast reconstruction, making it a popular choice for many women who have undergone a mastectomy.
Some of the most notable benefits include:
To find out if two-stage breast reconstruction is right for you, or to learn more about other breast reconstruction options, please call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation.