Broadly speaking, there are 3 types of breast reconstruction options that the surgeon will select from:
- Using implants to replace the breast tissue
- Building the breast using your body tissue
- Combining implants with body tissue
At Cocoona, we have the expertise across all these options, and that is one of the reasons that we conduct the most number of successful breast reconstruction in Dubai.
Let’s look at what these options are and when they are used:
Implant breast reconstruction:
The surgeon will stretch the skin and then place the silicone implant into the correct area. This is relatively a simple procedure which leaves small scars and offers a good shape for small and medium sized breasts. It does not change in size when your weight fluctuates.
This type of breast feels less natural, cooler, and less mobile than natural breasts. And since it is an alien part inserted into your body, over time, the implant may need changing.
If radiotherapy has been done or is scheduled, then this procedure is not recommended, as complication risks increase.
Body Tissue Breast Reconstruction (Flap Reconstruction):
Using your own body tissue to reconstruct the breasts will give a warm, soft, and natural feeling breast. This is also known as “flap” reconstruction. In this method, the surgeon takes some skin, fat tissue, and muscle from another part of your body, and makes it into a breast shape.
Specialized breast reconstruction plastic surgeons can create the breasts from:
This type of surgery is not recommended for over-weight, or diabetic women, or heavy smokers.
- Using a flap from your back (latissimus dorsi flap)
- Using a flap from your abdomen (TRAM flap)
- Using just skin and fat from your abdomen (DIEP reconstruction)
- Using just skin and fat from your buttocks (SGAP or IGAP reconstruction)
- Using skin, fat, and muscle from your thighs (TMG or TUG reconstruction)
If the woman has undergone radiotherapy, or radical mastectomy to remove the chest muscle, or has large breasts, or has a tight mastectomy scar – then flap reconstruction may be the best procedure.
Implant and Body Tissue Reconstruction:
In this process, a combination of implant and your own body tissue are used to recreate the breasts.
Based on your desired shape and physical condition, your surgeon will determine if this method suits your particular case.
Please feel free to discuss the benefits of each type of option before deciding which is good for you. Our surgeon will recommend the best option for you, his experience and training will guide you to the best possible results.
Dr. Sanjay Parashar is possibly the best breast surgeon in Dubai & UAE. Dr. Punam Bijlani is a celebrated female breast surgeon. Come and talk to them, or any of our other specialist surgeons to understand which method will give the desired shape and size for your breasts.