Who is it for?
Please keep in mind that the results of breast reconstruction will not look exactly like a natural breast, and may feel different from a natural breast as well. You will also have permanent scars on your breast(s) as well as the tissue donor site (usually your abdomen, back, or buttocks.)
How does it work?
Dr. Nguyen performs two types of breast reconstruction surgeries: implant and autologous tissue. The implant reconstruction procedure involves stretching the chest tissue to allow space for the implant to be placed. An expander is placed in the breast pocket and is filled slowly over 4-6 months via an internal valve. Patients must visit Dr. Nguyen’s office many times over this period for expansion, but the recovery period is significantly easier with implant reconstruction than with analogous tissue reconstruction (see below). After expanding the breast pocket sufficiently, Dr. Nguyen will place a breast implant.