Choosing the Procedure That’s Right for You

When you visit Dr. Srinivasa and her team at the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction, you’ll have the opportunity to explore your reconstruction options and decide on the procedure that’s right for you. Dr. Srinivasa has extensive experience with both implant-based and autologous breast reconstruction and will work with you to learn about your ultimate goals so she can create a treatment plan that will leave you with your ideal results.

To learn more about what Dr. Srinivasa and her team can do for you, simply reach out and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.

When to Consider Breast Reconstruction with Implants

If you are having a mastectomy, Tissue Expander and Implant Based Reconstruction is an option for breast reconstruction. Although not recommended for patients who have received radiation or will be receiving radiation, implant-based reconstruction can provide aesthetic results in the right patient.

Thanks to Dr. Srinivasa’s extensive experience, you have the ability to choose from a wide variety of breast reconstruction options. The choice that suits you best will depend upon a variety of factors, and our team will work closely with you to help you land on the procedure that is right for you and your desired results.

Some patients consider implant-based reconstruction for the following reasons:

  • The bust size can be improved to the patient’s desire, which is not always possible with autologous reconstruction.
  • Implant-based reconstruction can be performed alongside an autologous implant if there is not sufficient donor tissue to complete both breasts.
  • The procedure tends to be less extensive and comes along with a shorter recovery period than most autologous procedures.

Your Implant-Based Reconstruction Options

The Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction is excited to offer such a wide range of implant-based options, meaning we can address your cosmetic goals no matter what they may be. Breast reconstruction is a highly unique set of procedures distinct from cosmetic procedures done in patients without breast cancer. Every patient brings with them a different set of personal goals and physical characteristics, so we’ll work closely with you to guide you to the procedure that is right for you.

Tissue Expander to Implant

When patients are interested in breast reconstruction following mastectomy,  a tissue expander may be necessary. This gives your chest wall the opportunity to gradually expand in size until it’s ready to accommodate the placement of a new implant. Blood flow is a really important consideration and after mastectomy, the blood flow to the skin can be compromised. It is oftentimes unsafe to go directly to an implant. The tissue expander allows for the skin to recover blood flow while it is healing. Usually within 2-3 weeks after placement, we can begin expansions to get you to your desired size and shape. It usually takes 2-3 months before you are ready for the tissue expander to be removed and placement of a breast implant.

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Direct to Implant

The direct-to-implant method forgoes the need for any tissue expanders and is performed at the same time as a mastectomy procedure. This can reduce the number of required procedures and generally shorten the overall experience for the patient. However, not all patients are candidates for a “Direct-to-Implant”. At your consultation, Dr. Srinivasa will evaluate whether you are a candidate and review the risks and benefits of every approach. 

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Hybrid Reconstruction

This combination of both autologous and implant-based reconstruction is ideal for patients who are interested in increasing the size of their bust but would also like to enjoy the soft, naturallook and feel that is possible with a tissue flap reconstruction.

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Fat Grafting

Fat grafting utilizes extra fat cells from another part of your body—like the tummy, hip, buttocks, or flanks—and transfers it to the chest area where it can contribute to a breast reconstruction procedure. Patients enjoy the “two-for-one” nature of this option because liposuction is performed as part of the procedure. Fat grafting can soften the contour of the implant and hide implant features such as rippling. 

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Prepectoral Breast Implant Reconstruction

Dr. Srinivasa prefers to place the tissue expander and implant above the muscle, known as prepectoral breast reconstruction. This allows the muscle of your chest to stay in its natural position. This also avoids complications such as animation deformity, which is when you can see the implant move and contract because the muscle is above it. There are pros and cons to every option. Dr. Srinivasa will review your options with you in detail, and work with you to pick the best choice for you. 

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Get to Know the IABR Difference

Here at the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction, we’re committed to offering our patients a way to finally begin the next chapter in life. We’ll help you to truly put your illness behind you, with a breast reconstruction that will restore not only your curves and contours but your sense of body confidence and quality of life right along with them.

When you’re ready to learn more about what we can do for you here at the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction, we’re excited to get to know you and your goals. Reach out to our Los Angeles or Thousand Oaks locations and set up your consultation with a member of our team today!

Helping You Move Forward with Confidence

Your breast reconstruction procedure is an opportunity to restore your body and finally turn the page after recovering from breast cancer, which is why we’re pleased to feature such an impressive array of surgical options. Our various implant-based reconstruction options give you the opportunity to enjoy the bust that you feel best suits your cosmetic goals and effectively complements your natural curves and contours. When you’re ready to learn more about what we can do for you here at the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction, we’re here for you. Simply reach out to us at our Thousand Oaks or Los Angeles locations and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.

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