Special Considerations about ImplantsRadiation:
After your breast surgery, if you need radiation therapy aimed at your breast area, you face a 40-50% increased risk of developing hardened scar tissue around your implant. If you know that you will need radiation, tell your plastic surgeon you prefer an implant with a plastic (instead of metal) port for saline injection. A metal port will reflect radiation back onto nearby tissue, possibly causing skin damage. Scar Tissue:
A tissue capsule will form around any implant over time, but if capsular contracture
(very rigid scar tissue) develops, you will need help from your surgeon to remedy this condition. Limited Use:
Any type of breast implant may develop a leak as it gets older, and will need to be replaced.
There are many types of breast reconstruction - implants, TRAM, Latissimus Dorsi, SGAP, DIEP Flap. What procedure did you have? Would you recommend it to anyone else? What went right or wrong with your reconstruction?