If you plan to have a mastectomy and pursue reconstruction using breast implants, as opposed to having tissue flap surgery (TRAM, DIEP, latissimus dorsi), you'll have three main options to choose from. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved saline, silicone, and highly cohesive silicone gel ("gummy bear") breast implants for this use. Jan 19, 2017 · Breast Reconstruction Using Implants. Using a breast implant is one option for reconstructing the shape of your breast after surgery to remove the cancer. Several types of implants can be used. This type of breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as the cancer surgery.Last Revised: September 12, 2017.
Saline breast implants are available to women age 18 and older for breast augmentation and to women of any age for breast reconstruction. Silicone breast implants. Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel — a thick, sticky fluid that closely mimics the feel of human fat. Silicone Implants. Silicone implants are filled with an elastic gel. The gel feels and moves much like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel may not collapse.
Sep 17, 2008 · Breast Reconstruction Options By far, the most popular breast reconstruction option is the implant and tissue expander, says Gartside. Other options include using tissue flaps Author: Kathleen Doheny. If you were considering breast reconstruction as part of your recovery, but lymphedema is now a concern, there are several options to consider. Simultaneous Reconstruction Reconstruction of the breasts done at the same time as surgery to remove the cancer.