Friday, April 27, 2007

Breast Implant Post Operation deformity can now be prevented

Recent studies carried out in Australia show that titanium coated breast implants can be used in order to prevent post cosmetic surgery deformities in women. What really happens is that when women go in for the regular silicone gel breast implants their implants are bound to react with the breast tissue. This will make the growth very stiff and painful. Such a procedure is known as capsular contracture. Studies have revealed that a microscopic coating of titanium will help to curb such a type of reaction and help to reduce all those post operation malformation that women face.

So all those women who are contemplating breast implants will now be offered those that are titanium coated. Because the main problem post operation is that the breast tissue reacts to the silicone implants making the enlargement become very hard and painful o bear. A coating of titanium is often used to join false hip joints can prove beneficial to prevent this from happening. About 3000 women all across Australia have been recruited to test this kind of implants. Initially they carried out these tests on more than 80 patients and the results are looking very positive.

The doctors feel that the body will not react so severely if the breast implants are coated wit titanium. About 7% of the patients had suffered from the problem of capsular contracture post operation and that is why this new innovation was found. The now newly available option of breast implants coated with titanium is creating new venues for women who are about to have a breast surgery for the first time in their lives. It is also for all those women who have already previously had breast implant surgeries but are looking out for breast implant replacement or revision. Patients who are not considered suitable for saline implants can also undergo breast implants coated with titanium.

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Surgery - breast implant surgery

Deciding About Breast Implants for Reconstruction
When thinking about surgery for breast cancer you will have many important decisions to make. One decision is whether to have surgery for breast reconstruction at all. As expected, women have different opinions and views about reconstruction.
A few reasons why some women decide FOR reconstruction with breast implants:
* to restore body image following mastectomy surgery for breast cancer
* to replace an external breast form (prosthesis)
* to avoid being constantly reminded of their breast cancer diagnosis
* to avoid embarrassment in public dressing areas
* to help create a look that makes them feel more comfortable with or without clothes
A few reasons why some women decide AGAINST reconstruction with breast implants:
* they understand that breast implants are not lifetime devices, that they may have to undergo multiple surgeries and they want to avoid more surgery
* they feel the risks of surgery and anesthesia are greater than the benefits
* they are concerned about potential known and unknown risks from breast implants for themselves and their children should they become pregnant
* they feel they are able to adjust to a new body image without reconstruction with breast implants
* they prefer to wear an external breast form (prosthesis)
If you decide on breast reconstruction, there are currently two surgical techniques:
* The "flap" technique. This surgery rebuilds the contour of the breast by taking tissue from other areas of the body. The TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous) flap technique may be used to reconstruct one or both breasts at the same time. The flap technique involves moving skin, muscle and fat to the breast area from the abdomen, back, or buttock to rebuild the breast. There will be a scar in the area where the flap was lifted. The flap technique is considered a major operation and, for medical reasons, is not suitable for everyone. This, like all operations, should be discussed carefully with your doctor. In some cases, breast implants may be used in addition to the flap procedure.
It is important to note that the TRAM flap operation can be done only once. The TRAM flap can be used to reconstruct one or both breasts, but only in one operation. If the TRAM flap is used to reconstruct one breast, and a mastectomy is later required on the other breast, reconstruction of the second breast must be done through other means (i.e., insertion of a breast implant).
* Insertion of breast implants. The surgeon inserts the implant into a pocket created under the skin. The pocket may be located either behind (submuscular) or in front (submammary) of the chest muscle.
Ask your doctor about the pros and cons of each implant technique. If you decide to have reconstruction for one breast, you may need to think about surgery on the other breast to achieve a similar appearance.
Special Concerns for Women with Breast Cancer
Here are some of the known risks or problems with breast implant surgery for women with breast cancer:
* The physical and cosmetic results with breast implants may be affected by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or any other factor which significantly alters the healing process.
* Skin necrosis (dying skin) may occur because circulation to the remaining tissue has been changed by a mastectomy or other trauma to the breast area. Also, skin necrosis may be increased as a result of radiation treatment.
* It usually takes more than one operation to achieve the desired cosmetic outcome, especially if this procedure includes rebuilding the nipple.
Timing for Reconstruction with Breast Implants
Reconstruction can be done either at the time of breast cancer surgery or at a later date. If breast surgery and implant surgery are done at the same time, the surgeon usually uses the same incision to insert the implant. Another option is to insert a temporary tissue expander. In this case, in a second operation after the skin has stretched sufficiently, the surgeon will remove the expander and replace it with an implant. Another option is to insert the implants at some time after the mastectomy. With delayed insertion, the surgeon may still be able to use the mastectomy or lumpectomy scar to insert the implant. The surgeon should discuss with you which approach is the most desirable for you, and the associated risks.
Recreation of the Nipple and Areola following Reconstructive Surgery
After your breast has healed from the original implant surgery, you may want your nipple and areola (darker skin around the nipple) rebuilt. This procedure can usually be performed on an out-patient basis. Ask your surgeon to explain the various ways this can be done.
Your Expectations -- Reconstruction or Augmentation
Your consideration of breast implants, for reconstruction or for augmentation should be based on realistic expectations of the outcome. To help you get an idea of what results may be possible, look at before and after pictures of patients who have had this surgery. Your doctor may have some to show you. You may also want to talk with other women who have had this surgery at least a year before with the same surgeon. Keep in mind, however, that there is no guarantee that your results will match those of other women.

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