Many women seek breast reconstruction after undergoing a mastectomy or surgery to remove a breast lump. At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, FL, our talented team of surgeons works closely with you, offering support and information to help you make decisions to make the process as easy as possible for you during this difficult time.
Breast reconstruction using silicone or saline implants is a common approach that generally starts with the use of a tissue expander to help form a suitable pocket for an implant.
The expander may be inserted after the mastectomy procedure, or during the same operative session. Over several months, the expander will slowly be enlarged.
This works by using a sterile solution injected through a port residing under the skin. During the scheduled reconstruction surgery, the expanders are removed and replaced with permanent implants.