Breast Implants for Double Mastectomy ReconstructionBreast implants are a quick way to reconstruct breasts after a double mastectomy. You will spend much less time under anesthesia and on the operating table having double implants placed than you would if you opted for tissue flap reconstruction (TRAM, Latissimus dorsi flap, DIEP, SGAP).
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.
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