Implant-based procedures dominate the world of breast reconstruction. Implants were used in approximately 75 percent of all breast reconstruction surgeries performed in 2020, according to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Let’s look at why the implant approach is so widespread — and what that means for you as a potential patient.
Does More Popular Mean Better?
Given what seems to be an overwhelming preference for implant-based reconstruction, you may think that it’s superior to the alternatives. However, that isn’t necessarily the case. The reality is that breast reconstruction using implants is more readily available to patients across the country.
Autologous breast reconstruction, on the other hand, isn’t so accessible. Unfortunately, not all plastic surgeons have the skill and experience needed to offer innovative options like DIEP flap. DIEP flap uses advanced microsurgical techniques to create new breasts from a woman’s own tissue.
This type of procedure can have several potential advantages over implants. DIEP flap results tend to look and feel more natural than the results that an implant-based procedure can create. Additionally, those results tend to be longer-lasting because implants are not lifetime devices.
Autologous procedures may not be very common in the United States. However, they are standard at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery. Our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons have performed hundreds of these procedures over the years.
The Rise of Breast Shaping Surgeries
There’s more to breast reconstruction than implant and flap-based procedures. Secondary surgeries to shape and refine the reconstructed breasts are becoming more sought-after.
You may benefit from adjustments such as fat grafting. Nipple reconstruction and areola pigmentation are also commonly performed after breast reconstruction to enhance results.
Explore Your Options During a Consultation
We believe in educating women about the breast reconstruction techniques available to them. Call 303-706-1100 to schedule a consultation with our plastic and reconstructive surgeons. We are happy to serve patients from Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado, and across the country.