Women who are facing reconstructive plastic surgery in Seattle after a mastectomy have many decisions to make. Perhaps one of the most pressing is whether to reconstruct the breast using an implant or natural tissue. Each technique has benefits and drawbacks, so you should thoroughly discuss the advantages and disadvantages with your surgeon. However, the information below can serve as a general guide.
Breast Reconstruction With Implant
This method uses a silicone or saline implant to create an authentic-looking breast. In cases where the breast reconstruction is delayed after mastectomy, a tissue expander is used to stretch the breast pocket and make room for the implant.
- Less-extensive surgery
- More predictable results
- Faster recovery
- No risk of donor-site complications
Autologous Breast Reconstruction
This method restores the breast using fat, skin and tissue from a donor site on another part of the patient’s body, such as the abdomen.
- Natural breast weight, shape and feel
- No possibility of implant-related complications
- Natural reaction to weight fluctuation, perhaps including gradual change in breast size