When faced with a life-changing decision to have a mastectomy and breast reconstruction, many women can feel overwhelmed with all of the options. At the Breast and Body Center of Austin, we offer women breast reconstruction with saline or silicone implants or their own natural fat tissues from a donor site. The most common breast reconstructive technique our board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Ned Snyder IV performs is the implant-based reconstruction. Many patients are good candidates for breast implant reconstruction, especially when that patient is not a candidate for a flap reconstruction or is she wants a shorter recovery period. During your consultation at the Breast and Body Center of Austin, Dr. Snyder will help you decide which procedure is right for you. Make an appointment to talk to our dedicated team in Austin, TX.
Implant-based reconstruction is typically a multi-step process with an inflatable, temporary implant called a tissue expander is placed in the breast pocket after the mastectomy is completed. The tissue expander is gradually inflated over a 3-month period in the office until it is filled to an adequate size. Dr. Snyder will determine if the tissue expander step of your reconstruction is necessary to achieve your aesthetic goals.
"I couldn't be more satisfied with Dr. Snyder and his staff! I first was introduced to the practice while going through chemotherapy and pregnant with our youngest son. Now almost a year later I finally had my DIEP Flap reconstruction last week. It's been a long journey but they are absolutely the best!!! I would recommend a million times. Thank you so much everyone at Breast and Body Center. You guys have made this whole process so worth it!! I'm in love with my new body."- R.W. / Facebook / Sep 18, 2017
"So where do I begin...Dr. Snyder is the plastic surgeon we all dream about. He is a dream personified into reality. Why you ask? Well...everything about that office is kismet. The front office staff are friendly. There are tons of free dermatology samples and sunscreen as his wife Réneé is a well-respected & reputable Dermatologist. His assistant Laurene Avis is very knowledgeable about all products, services, & surgical techniques. Veronica Alvarez handles billing and scheduling with finesse & ease. Then in walks this silver_haired tall cowboy. That's right y'all Blue suit and boots. Apparently, those boots were made for walking into operating rooms and crafting art. Yes...ART...I feel like a masterpiece after my surgery. I had two babies & my son left me with a hernia that needed repair amongst other signs of a struggle. Motherhood is beautiful...but can be hard when a size 0 girls carries an 8lb bouncing baby boy. Since my operation, I've had no complications. Scars are barely visible. I recommend squeezing vitamin-E capsules on the scar once he gives you the green light.I modeled some in my 20s. This was in the land of flat abs & thigh gaps. Lol! Now I'm mid 30s & I've been asked to promote & model for THREE different agencies! This all after being told I had aged out of modeling at 26. I've started a small business called Pepper Rose Retro...vintage pin-up clothing & accessories. He is a hidden jewel...trained in Europe & specializes in cosmetics and oncology procedures.Remember, I'm a Wake Forest trained PA...I would & will only go to the best. Special thanks Dr. Snyder and his team!"- T.O. / Yelp / Sep 17, 2017
"Professional care. Perfect surgery. Fast recovery. Would go back again in a heartbeat it was so easy."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 14, 2017
"Absolutely 100% recommend Dr. Ned Snyder. Care was professional if not perfect. Love everything about my procedures, healing and treatment. No one notices, because it looks so natural and real."- R.G. / Yelp / Sep 13, 2017
"Perfect example of the way an aesthetics appointment should go! Kind, caring staff, excellent service, the best compassion and care from Dr. Snyder and his entire team! I was a challenging case, and Dr. Snyder and his staff made every effort to make sure I was comfortable and taken care of and questions answered before and after."- C.B. / Yelp / Aug 18, 2017
You will have a team of doctors involved in the strategic planning of your mastectomy and implant-based breast reconstruction. This is an outpatient procedure performed at a local hospital or an accredited surgical facility with a general anesthesia. Implant-based breast reconstruction surgery lasts 1 – 2 hours in addition to the time your general surgeon will need for the mastectomy. Dr. Snyder will insert a breast implant of saline or silicone (with a fixed volume) once your general surgeon has finished removing your natural breast tissue. Unless you have a nipple-sparring mastectomy, your nipple and areola will also be removed. A nipple reconstruction can take place after the mastectomy and reconstruction heals and will be scheduled at a later date and time determined by Dr. Snyder.
If you require a tissue expander, it will be inserted into your reconstructed breast. The expander will incrementally get larger with weekly visits to our office for injections of saline solution until the desired size is met. Then, you will have another surgery to have the expander taken out and replaced with an implant.
Having a shorter recovery period is often one of the best advantages of the implant-based breast reconstruction. You will need to return to the Breast and Body Center of Austin within 7 days of discharge for a follow-up appointment. It is important to follow all directives in drain and wound care, pain management, and limit your physical activities. If you have questions or concerns, please call our office for further instructions.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1– 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Implant Reconstruction FAQs
What if I only need one?
You may only need a single breast implant to reconstruct one breast and this can be accommodated if needed. Your unaffected breast may still need to have surgery, though. To make sure your breasts are symmetrical, you may consider having a breast lift or reduction to make your breasts look the same. Your nipple may need to be repositioned as well. During your treatment planning session, you can discuss how you would like both of your breasts to look with Dr. Snyder.
What If I need Radiation?
Unfortunately, the complication rate is higher for women with implant-based breast reconstruction when there are radiation treatments after surgery. If you have to have radiation after your breast reconstruction, we may suggest you have a tissue-based reconstruction for less risk.
Implant-based reconstruction may require revision surgeries and lifelong maintenance of the breast implants, which may include eventual implant replacements later in life. It is important to keep all of your follow-up appointments at Breast and Body Center of Austin so that we can follow your progress and assist in your reconstructed breast health.