In the last decade the most common method of breast reconstruction has been the placement of a tissue expander at the time of mastectomy. This is known as immediate reconstruction. After the general surgeon completes the mastectomy, the plastic surgeon places a tissue expander underneath the pectoral muscle and the fascia beyond the bottom edge of the muscle.
Form stable breast implants are newly available in the United States. Their shape is more like the natural breast, with greater fullness in the lower portions and less fullness in the upper portions, and this is an advantage for some breast shapes.
Patients considering breast augmentation surgery are often intimidated by the process of selecting the size of the breast implants. At our Chicago and Winnetka offices we make this process simple with our photo database, anatomical sizers, that properly demonstrate the effect of implants, and Dr Cook’s extensive experience in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery.
A Fat Transfer with Breast Reconstruction has been highly useful in enhancing the quality of results for our breast reconstruction patients. We have used the technique to help patients undergoing immediate reconstruction and delayed reconstruction and to rescue areas that have been damaged by radiation.