Breast reconstruction restores the appearance of the breast(s) after a mastectomy. Prepectoral breast reconstruction can be performed immediately after a mastectomy through the use of a breast implant and an acellular dermal matrix, and it can provide many benefits to women in need.
How Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction Works
Subpectoral implant placement is associated with post-operative complications such as asymmetry and animation deformity (breast distortion). To minimize these issues, prepectoral breast reconstruction places the breast implant(s) over the pectoral muscle. The procedure requires the use of an acellular dermal matrix (ADM) to adequately support the breast implant after the breast tissue has been removed. The ADM is a biocompatible tissue mesh that binds to the surrounding tissues. Prepectoral implant placement using an ADM around the implant may allow for an easier recovery with less pain and less post-operative narcotic pain medication usage. It also produces aesthetically pleasing results.
The Benefits of Immediate Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction
Immediate breast reconstruction may be preferable to delayed breast reconstruction for several reasons. For example, scarring can be minimal when mastectomy and breast reconstruction procedures are performed back to back. Perhaps most importantly, women who undergo immediate breast reconstruction may experience less emotional trauma during the adjustment process. Using prepectoral breast reconstruction with ADM for immediate breast reconstruction is a relatively new procedure and is being performed extensively by Dr. Mesbahi. Options for reconstruction still include a two-stage tissue expander placement or a one-stage silicone implant placement above the muscle.
Dr. Alex Mesbahi performs prepectoral breast reconstruction using ADM in direct-to-implant immediate breast reconstruction for women who are planning to undergo a mastectomy. If you would like to learn more about this procedure and how it could benefit you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Mesbahi today. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today.