Few experiences are more traumatic than a breast cancer diagnosis. While a lumpectomy or mastectomy often results in a full recovery, these procedures can dramatically alter your physical appearance, affecting your confidence.
Implant breast reconstruction
Immediate implant-based reconstruction is the most common type of breast reconstruction performed by Dr. Hyman. During this reconstructive procedure, a tissue expander is placed beneath the skin and chest muscle at the time of mastectomy. Over a period of several months, a sterile saline solution is periodically injected into the expander through a small valve, gradually filling it.
Following a three-month waiting period, the skin has grown to accommodate the new size, and the expander is replaced with a breast implant in a second procedure. A third procedure is usually performed several months later to correct the nipples and areolas. Depending on your unique situation, Dr. Hyman may recommend an additional procedure to correct any breast asymmetry or sagging.