Ask The Doctor-Can I have reconstruction surgery without using my muscle?

pink flowerThis week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.

Question: I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction with breast implants in 2012, the and implants were placed in December of 2013. My current plastic surgeon has been trying to treat an infection since April, so I will be going into have implant exchanges and scar tissue removed. I’m still not happy with implants, but I really do not want to go through a major surgery where a muscle needs to be used. I had invasive lobular carcinoma. I am interested in the fat transfer. I would like to discuss this further. Please email or call me. I am willing to travel.

Answer: I hope your surgery went well and that you have no more infection problems. I understand that you would like to avoid muscle flap procedures. Fat transfer is an option if implants don’t work. We specialize in using your own fatty tissue without sacrificing your important muscles. For someone who has had implant problems, we can start over and replace the implants with their own fatty tissue. In my opinion, this is often a better option than covering an implant with an important muscle. Thanks for your question; let me know if you would like more information.

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