I had lost about 100 pounds then had a breast lift with implants. I have had 3 revisions since as they keep dropping. The last time the doctor removed the capsil and a lot of extra skin yet they dropped again. Now he is talking about another revision using a sling made out of cadaver skin. Do you know anything about this procedure? He said the other alternative would be to stitch to the ribs. Not sure what to do. He said my problem is that i have thin skin that is not very elastic.
Breast Revision - Sling Made from Cadaver Skin to Keep Breasts from Dropping?
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Strattice for bottoming out.
Strattice would be a great solution for your bottoming out problem. It will act as an "internal bra" to support and hold the implant in the correct position. I commonly use Strattice for bottoming out, fold malposition, symmastia, wrinking and rippling, and mastopexy/augmenation.
Breast revision surgery, breast implants, alloderm
Your implants seem large and difficult for your tissues to support. IO have used this materails many times and had a great of success, In your case it is difficult to say without a complete examination what the best alternatives would be.
Alloderm use in revision implant surgery
Use of Alloderm (freeze-dried and irradiated cadaveric dermis) in revision breast surgery is increasing. Massive weight loss patients tend to have more laxity to their breast connective tissue than non-weight loss patients. Alloderm use is very helpful for these procedures, as it provides support to the lower pole and provides a new layer of soft tissue over the implant. There are other products that work similarly, such as Strattice. The biggest problem with Alloderm is that it is costly, and usually not covered by medical insurance plans in situations like this.
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Commonly used "Human Dermis"
The use of cadaver skin ( more specifically "dermis") is commonly used in breast surgery. The technique gained popularity in breast reconstruction surgery specifically with tissue expanders. The technique used to salvage sagging implants involve the use of STRATTICE (human dermis) which acts a sling to give implants support in skin that lacks support. Additionally the implant should be downsized to reduce the stress on the skin and implanted STRATTICE.
Sling Procedure a Good Option
That certainly sounds like a good option for you. Patients with massive weight loss tend to "bottom out" more than the average patient does. The acellular dermis corrects this by recreating the imframammary fold and giving extra support. There are many types of this product including Flex HD, Alloderm, and Strattice. It also looks like you have taken a self portrait photo. Since you don't mention any asymmetry of the nipple heights I will assume they are fairly even and no additional mastopexy is needed. Just adding the Acelluler dermis should not increase your risk of skin slough or nipple areolar loss significantly. I agree that this is probably the best choice for correcting your problem. Good luck.
Breast lift revision can work.
1) A sling of Alloderm to support the underside of your breasts may be a good idea. In addition, I would recommend:
2) Raising the fold under the left breast (this may be " stitching to the ribs"),
3) Raising the left nipple, and
4) Using smaller implants.
Dermal Support For Falling Implants
The use of biologic materials to help support the implants has incresed dramatically in the past 1-2 years. Accelular Dermal Matrix (ADM) consist of products that are made from human dermis ( Alloderm), porcine dermis (Strattice), or other materials ( Flex HD, etc.) All are designed for your body to incorporate the material over the course of three months, whil supporting implants that fall too much over time. They can be expensive, but are very effective at supporting larger implants whenthe tissues are thin. I hope this helps.
Acellurlar Dermal Sling
With your history of weight loss, thin skin and previous attempts at breast revision to raise the breast fold, the use of an Acellular Dermal Matrix such as Alloderm is a good suggestion. It is highly effective but has not been used as often because of the cost of the material. It is very commonly used in breast reconstruction as insurance pays for it. This is not the case in breast implant revision surgery.
Bottoming out solutions
Your surgeon is correct. If you have bottoming out with very thin tissues, some surgeons are using Alloderm or any variant of the like to give extra support to the lower pole. It also can help with rippling.
Strattice or Alloderm internal bra for implant support
I have been using these materials for more than 10 years and they have been very helpful in preventing women from getting on the "assembly line" of multiple failed revisions. Just doing the same operation repeatedly is doomed to failure, especially since each time there is more scarring and thinning of the tissue support for the implants. That is where these materials come in; think of them as a living internal bra. Alloderm is made from human skin from a skin bank, with all the cells removed leaving only the collagen matrix. Strattice is a similar material but comes from pig skin. In both cases the body incorporates it and it becomes living tissue for long term support.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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