Breast reconstruction with your own tissues is an excellent option for those women who wish to avoid the use of foreign materials. With this method, a breast mound may be created by borrowing tissue from another body area, such as your abdomen, buttock, or back.
This technique is more complicated than use of a tissue expander and implant; however, once completed, it is less likely to require maintenance as you age and usually provides the best cosmetic outcome.
Options for reconstruction using your own tissues include:
Summary of Reconstruction Using Your Own Tissues
||Usually 2 surgeries
||Usually 4-5 days
|Need for Multiple Office Visits
||Mastectomy scar and donor site scar
|Shape and Consistency
||More natural shape; soft
||Fewer changes usually required to achieve a match in a bra
||Altered in surgical areas
||Abdominal weakness or bulge (TRAM); partial breast hardening; total flap loss
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