Breast Reconstruction – Stage II

Long Beach breast reconstruction specialist, Dr. Farbod Esmailian discusses the second stage of breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Stage I orange county breast reconstuction consists of placing a tissue expander which is a temporary implant with an integrated port at the time of the mastectomy. This is referred to as immediate breast reconstruction. The tissue expander is placed behind the muscle and behind acellular dermis (Alloderm). The skin is closed and the expansions start at 2 weeks time. This is done in the office and the skin is typically numb from the mastectomy so there is no discomfort from the needle that is used to fill the expander with. The breast implant is filled with saline on a weekly basis until the desired size is reached. The long beach breast tissue expanders are left in place for approximately three months after the last expansion. This allows the skin to continue to expand and adapt to the stretched state. At this point, the second stage breast reconstruction is performed as an outpatient procedure. The same incision is opened and the tissue expander is removed. A permanent implant is now placed, either silicone or saline. The procedure requires minimal time for recovery with most patients returning to work after 3-5 days. Long Beach breast reconstruction is performed in Long Beach and Los Alamitos. Stage III of breast reconstruction to be discussed in a separate article.


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