Advanced Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Ohio
Prepectoral breast reconstruction is a procedure that uses tissue expander and implants to slowly recreate the breasts after mastectomy surgery. After a mastectomy, the skin may be left sagging and by increasing the amount of saline in the implant, it can be easily adjusted to your preferred size and shape with minimal excess skin. The procedure is ideal for patients who still need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Unlike subpectoral implants, the chest muscles are not harmed, leaving them less vulnerable to further radiation damage.
Leading board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Panjak Tiwari, Dr. Ergun Kocak and Dr. Santosh Kale have provided thousands of women in Ohio and beyond with beautiful and life-changing results from prepectoral breast reconstruction surgery.
Insurance Coverage and Cost
The total costs for a prepectoral breast reconstruction are covered by insurance under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998.
Contact our team online or at +1 855-687-6227 to set up an appointment with one of our doctors in Columbus, Ohio.
The Prepectoral Reconstruction Procedure
Prepectoral reconstruction is an outpatient procedure, but the final result requires multiple return visits to your physician. You will be under general anesthesia for this operation, and the insertion of the tissue expander takes 1 – 2 hours immediately after mastectomy. You will wake up with an empty expander supported by an acellular dermal matrix to protect it from exposure.
Please follow post-mastectomy recovery instructions after this.
A saline solution will be used to fill the expander after 2 weeks, or after the mastectomy wounds heal. This will repeat every 1 – 2 weeks until blood vessels grow on the dermal matrix, and the desired breast size and shape is attained.
After a month, the old incision will be opened and the expander removed. It is replaced by permanent saline or silicone gel implant.
Recovery & Results
There are ways to make the recovery process for prepectoral reconstruction safe, fast, and yield the results you truly desire. Have a friend or family member help you with your activities for 1 week, after which you can return to work.
You may shower after 24 hours, but avoid soaking your breasts in water until cleared by your doctor. Mild swelling and bruising may occur and will disappear after 4 weeks, during which you can resume strenuous activities, chores, exercise, and driving.
There may be some risks and complications, including:
- Decrease or Loss of Nipple Sensation – Due to the failure of the formation of blood vessels on the dermal matrix
- Implant Infections – Due to carless wound management
- Implant Rupture – A rare occurrence but can happen long after the initial surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an acellular dermal matrix?
An engineered sheet of tissue often taken from a cadaver. This device will slowly become a natural part of your body, growing new tissue including blood vessels and cells.
If I previously had an implant reconstruction, can I have redo or revision surgery to convert it to a prepectoral reconstruction?
Yes. It is possible to reposition the implant to the prepectoral position for unwanted animation deformity (a deformity of the breast with contraction of the pectoralis major muscle) or an undesired aesthetic outcome. This will process will take approximately 3 months.
Can I undergo a pre-pectoral reconstruction without the need for a tissue expander? (DTI: Direct-to-Implant technique)
As one of the many reconstructive techniques, it is possible to place the implant beneath the skin and above the chest muscles. This would negate the need for the tissue expander during surgery. The skin above the implant must be in excellent health and a smaller implant must be utilized in order to reduce the stress on the area. The downside to this technique would be the risk of infection and implant exposure. Additionally, replacement rates are significantly higher.
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To learn more about pre-pectoral reconstruction, you can schedule an appointment online or you can call 855-687-6227
*The information available on this page was created to educate our patients. It is not an alternative for a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Individual results vary per patient. For more information, we strongly recommend scheduling a consultation with our doctors.