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 Snyder Plastic Surgery at The Breast and Body Center, 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 Snyder Plastic Surgery at The Breast and Body Center, 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 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 had an amazing experience with beautiful results - I couldn’t be happier with my breast augmentation results. Everyone that I met from my first consultation to my post follow up after surgery were extremely helpful and informative. Dr. Snyder himself is an amazing surgeon. My results are perfect and better than I ever could have imagined. I highly recommend him if you are thinking about this procedure. His PA, Jen was extremely helpful and informative as well. The facilities from Dr. Snyder’s office to the surgical site used were clean, beautiful and comfortable. I felt well taken care the entire time and am thrilled with my results."- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 08, 2018
"Dr. Snyder, his P.A. Jen, Laurene, and the entire staff have been the most outstanding and accommodating medical professionals with whom I have ever interacted. They go above and beyond in virtually every way I can imagine. The facilities are updated and pristine. They are kind and genuinely care for their patients. I have had two major surgeries after almost 200 pounds of weight loss and, while the recovery after those procedures was always going to be long and difficult, Dr. Snyder and his staff has made all the work more than worth it. I would give more than 5 stars if I could. -Justin"- J.T. / Yelp / Jul 05, 2019
"Dr. Snyder and his PA, Jenn, were excellent. I was consistently treated with compassion and dignity. RNs and office staff were also excellent! I had a double mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction. The results were amazing, and included 3D nipple tattoos."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jul 03, 2019
"Amazing results. Great doctor. Could not have asked for more. Removed old implants and lifted breasts. So remarkable. Ned Snyder the one to go to."- J.B. / Yelp / May 02, 2019
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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 Snyder Plastic Surgery at The Breast and Body Center 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 Snyder Plastic Surgery at The Breast and Body Center so that we can follow your progress and assist in your reconstructed breast health.