My body rejected a breast expander. It was removed. Is it OK to proceed with an implant in 3 months without re-expanding?
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Breast reconstruction using your own tissue (Tummy tuck breast reconstruction)
Since you have already experienced a problem with implants, you may want to consider autologous reconstruction for bilateral breast reconstruction. Many women prefer to utilize their own excess skin and fat on their tummy (essentially using excess tissue that would be thrown away in a cosmetic tummy tuck) with a procedure called a DIEP free flap (tummy tuck breast reconstruction). In this procedure, we move healthy tissue with its own bloody supply and healing potential to restore the chest wall and breast after cancer treatment. Autologous (using your own tissue ) reconstruction is especially powerful after radiation therapy if you will need it. Autologous reconstruction helps to restore a soft supple breast using your own tissue. Please see a board certified plastic surgeon who is well versed with autologous reconstruction to learn more about your options.
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