Breast Reconstruction with Implants, Tissue Expanders & Alloderm
The most common method of breast reconstruction currently performed in the US uses tissue expanders and breast implants, usually with Alloderm. This is usually performed as a multiple-step procedure starting with tissue expanders. In certain select cases, implant breast reconstruction can be performed in a single-stage ("direct to implant" or "one-step").
- Tissue expanders can be placed at the time of the mastectomy or after the mastectomy has healed
- The expanders are partially filled during the initial surgery
- Further expansion is performed in the office as required and can take several weeks to complete
- Tissue expanders are eventually replaced with permanent breast implants (saline or silicone)
- Patients should be aware that their implants may need to be replaced in the future
- Some patients are candidates for Alloderm one-step
- PRMA surgeons prefer to offer single stage procedures to patients undergoing prophylactic, nipple-sparing mastectomy only
- View breast implant before and after photos
- To learn if you are a tissue expander or one-step candidate or to schedule a consultation, please contact us here or call us on (800) 692-5565.