Dr. Schnarrs Corner Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction today is usually done at the same time as the mastectomy procedure. Most, but not all patients are candidates for reconstruction using their own tissues (flaps). The TRAM flap is the most frequently used method of reconstruction for patients who want and are candidates for breast reconstruction using their own tissues. This flap of fat and skin is taken from the abdomen and moved up to the chest where it is shaped to match the opposite breast.Less commonly, the Latissimus dorsi flap is used. It is taken from the back.Many patients however prefer the simpler procedures that use prosthetic implants that are placed under the pectoralis muscle. Sometimes these procedures require the tissues to be stretched to the appropriate size first and for that purpose tissue expanders are often used. These are subsequently removed and permanent implants filled with either saline or silicone gel are used.
Below are some examples of breast reconstruction using flaps and implants.
Thank you for taking the time to look at these cases. I hope it has helped answer some of your questions and allayed your concerns. For more information please contact Dr.Schnarrs office at 757-274-4000 or Email at [email protected]