Individual treatment methods for breast reconstruction
Breast reconstruction is a very sensitive topic. After all, most accidents or cancers are the reason why a breast had to be amputated.
Patients who decide to rebuild their breasts receive in-depth expert advice from the Bodenseeklinik. This is how you will find exactly the treatment method that is best suited to your individual case. For the reconstruction of the breast are usually several interventions necessary – especially if the team of specialists to restore the nipple and adjust the shape and size of the other breast.
Breast reconstruction – how it’s done:
To reconstruct the breast, there are several methods to choose from. Thus, the breast can be rebuilt either by means of an implant or by the removal of the body’s own tissue – for example, from the abdomen, buttocks or back. Sometimes we also recommend the combination of both methods.
If a breast reconstruction is the choice of an implant, it is placed under the skin in the chest area or under the breast muscle. However, this is only possible if sufficient and easily movable breast skin and subcutaneous tissue are present. If this is not the case, the patient can first be used as a so-called expander. An expander is an implant that can be filled from the outside. If it is refilled at regular intervals, chest skin and chest muscles slowly expand. Thus, after a few months, the expander can be replaced by a permanent implant.
If the breast is to be rebuilt by means of the body’s own tissue, skin, fat and muscle tissue can either be transplanted or displaced. However, a scar remains at the donor site on the stomach, buttocks or back.