Breast Implants and Tissue Expanders in Los Angeles, CA
You may have been quite understandably frightened following a diagnosis of breast cancer, and many patients opt for a total mastectomy in those situations. There are other options, and you can consider implants/tissue expanders as performed at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute by board-certified plastic surgeon, Jamie S. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S. If you want to feel absolutely confident that you are in the right surgical hands, then Dr. Schwartz is the perfect solution for all those Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area residents as well as patients from around the globe who are looking to breathe new life into their breasts.
What are Implants/Tissue Expanders?
Above all commendation, Dr. Schwartz is an internationally sought-after innovator who has more than once been requested by the leading international plastic surgery associations to recommend protocols to enhance the standardization of high-quality breast reconstruction techniques and procedures. Increasingly the ultra-innovative one-stage breast reconstruction technique is growing in popularity as a procedure that can be performed at the same time as your mastectomy; avoiding the tissue expander process and follow-up surgical procedures necessary to place permanent breast implants. The best candidate for this procedure is a woman who is satisfied with her current (or smaller) breast size, but she should also have healthy, taut breast skin that is able to accommodate the implant or a newly created breast mound. A single stage process is an exciting option for women undergoing a nipple-sparing mastectomy, and the results are natural looking and immediate with a technique that can be tailored to meet your unique body type and aesthetic goals.
Benefits of Implants/Tissue Expanders
After a mastectomy, there is often not an adequate amount of skin and muscle remaining to accommodate a breast implant. When this happens, the placement of a tissue expander is appropriate, and a dermal matrix, such as Flex HD or Autoderm – (developed by Dr. Schwartz) – may be utilized which will then form a latticework around the implant, and, over time, become incorporated into your natural tissue structure. A tissue expander works like an inflatable implant, in that it is placed below the pectoralis muscle, and slowly fills over a period of time, which will stretch the overlying muscle and skin so that a pocket can be created in which to place the permanent breast implant.
Are Implants/Tissue Expanders Right For Me?
Breathe new life into your breasts with implants or tissue expanders, and during your consultation with Dr. Schwartz, he will discuss your goals and aspirations, answer any questions that you may have, and recommend a course of action for going forward. Dr. Schwartz will review your options with you and discuss a treatment strategy calibrated to helping you achieve you ultimate and ideal breast solution so you can feel happy and confident in your appearance.
Elements of Implants/Tissue Expanders Procedure
If a tissue expander procedure is the best course of action, when the tissue expander is placed, and how long it stays in, will depend upon several factors although it typically is in place for 12-24 months. But other factors including the patient’s unique anatomy, as well as the need for chemotherapy, radiation, or other post-mastectomy treatments will be taken into consideration. It is possible for an expander to be placed either during the mastectomy or with a delayed breast reconstruction, in which cases it is beneficial for women receiving post-mastectomy treatment, such as radiation or chemotherapy, prior to the placement of an implant. The expander is slowly filled with saline. A tiny port on the expander/breast tissue allows for easy filling, and every two weeks, more solution is added to the expander in quick sessions that last under twenty minutes.
What Is an Implants/Tissue Expanders Procedure?
The implant/tissue expanders procedure varies from patient to patient to a certain extent because due to the patient’s individual needs; the expander can be placed either during the mastectomy or with a delayed breast reconstruction. Two-stage breast reconstruction is beneficial for women receiving post-mastectomy treatment, such as radiation or chemotherapy, prior to the placement of an implant. Once the expander is in place, it is slowly filled with saline through a tiny port roughly every 2 weeks.
How Long Is The Recovery After Implants/Tissue Expanders Procedure?
Typically your tissue expander is in place for between 2-12 months, and every two weeks it is carefully filled with saline in a brief and painless procedure that lasts less than twenty minutes. Immediately after the solution is added to the expander, you may feel pressure or a slight burning sensation in your chest. This is quite common, as the muscles and skin are stretched, but while filling the tissue expander may be uncomfortable, most patients do not find the process to be painful, and the sensation typically lasts only a day or so. Once the breast tissue has reached the desired size, a second surgical procedure to remove the expander will be performed. At this time, a permanent saline or silicone breast implant can be placed. This is referred to as an implant exchange and is generally scheduled four to eight weeks after the final tissue expansion.
How Much Does An Implants/Tissue Expanders Procedure Cost?
You want to do it right the first time, so choose Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute and globally renowned breast reconstruction expert, Dr. Jaime Schwartz for your implant or tissue expanders procedure. The atmosphere and environment at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute are soothing, and Dr. Schwartz makes you feel that you are not only in a very professional setting but that you are also relaxed and comfortable and armed with all the information you need to make the right decisions for you. The staff of Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute are amazing and interact with patients like friends, so you will feel like you’re an extended part of the family. Our state of the art operating rooms comes with all of the equipment you would find in a normal hospital setting, and your cost for the procedure will vary based on your personal needs, aspirations and safety considerations. During your consultation, Dr. Schwartz will discuss your options and together you will come up with a plan of treatment that is appropriate for you. Dr. Schwartz accepts all forms of payment and offers excellent financing options to make more procedures available to more patients.
What Should I Do Next?
You want to look like yourself, only better, so contact us now to set up your consultation with Dr. Schwartz, a Real Self Top 100 “Top Plastic Surgeon” and Southern California 2016 Super Doctors “Rising Stars” who is always at heart a plastic surgeon who loves his job and is grateful to be able to improve the lives of his patients. We are dedicated to educating our patients so that they feel empowered to participate in their own care, and Dr. Schwartz will really make you feel safe and confident about your decision to go forward with your procedure.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Jamie S. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S., at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute, offers safe and effective Implant/Tissue Expander procedures to the residents of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and the surrounding cities in California. Contact our offices today to schedule your consultation.