A popular method of breast reconstruction is the use of breast implants. There are two types of breast implants used during a breast restoration procedure. One is salt implants and the other silicone implants. Salt implants comprise of a salt-filled container while the silicone implants are hard pieces made of a soft silicone sticky substance similar to human fat. You will get assistance from the plastic surgeon to choose the right type of implant. Read on to learn more about the breast restoration procedure.
Note that implant reconstruction has other options such as immediate breast reconstruction and the late reconstruction. In case of the immediate reconstruction, the procedure is a simultaneous operation where after the mastectomy the plastic surgeon will at the same time install some implants to restore the tissue that has been lost.
On the other hand, late reconstruction, which is more popular is done in two distinct phases. Mastectomy is done at first then the patient is given time to heal before the implants are installed. Note that during this healing time a tissue expander placed on the chest position is filled with saline solution for about half a year. During this time the breast skin will have stretched large enough to allow the next installing procedure of implanting.
Breast implant reconstruction by flap tissue technique
Tissue flap reconstruction is where individual own body tissue is used to rebuild their breast. The most common form of tissue flap reconstruction is the dorsolateral pubis, which uses the upper dorsal tissue and the transverse rectal flap that uses the lower abdomen tissue. The latissimus dorsi flap uses the skin of the upper back muscles to create a socket in the chest region where the implant will be installed.
This procedure is recommended since it usually provides enough tissue hence no additional implant reconstruction is needed. If the tissue if from the removal of fat and skin from the abdominal cavity, not only are you restoring your breasts you also have a flat tummy.