How is Breast Reconstruction with a Tissue Expander and Breast Implant performed?
Breast Reconstruction using a tissue expander and implant can be done either immediately after your mastectomy or as a delayed procedure. A tissue expander is a temporary device placed underneath the chest wall that creates a soft pocket for an implant to later be placed. It also helps the skin to grow and stretch near the surrounding area to accommodate the implant. Tissue expanders come in a variety of shapes and sizes and Dr. Steven Colen or Dr. Kari Colen can help you decide which size and shape is ideal for your body during your consultation at Colen MD.
The process of creating the pocket in the chest for the implant to later be placed takes place at one, two, or three week intervals and over several months. The number of expansions and the amount of fluid placed into the expander is different for each patient. Once the expansion is complete, the second phase of reconstruction occurs where Dr. Kari Colen or Dr. Steven Colen of Colen MD will exchange the expander for either a silicone or saline implant and define the breast shape. Today’s saline and silicone implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. There are pros and cons to both silicone and saline which will be explained during your consultation in either our Manhattan or Hackensack, New Jersey office.
Interested in Breast Reconstruction with Tissue Expander? Click here to contact Colen MD Plastic Surgery and set up a consultation to meet our surgeons Dr. Helen Colen and Dr. Stephen Colen at our Park Avenue Suite in Manhattan or to setup a consultation with Dr. Kari Colen in our New Jersey office located in Hackensack, NJ.