9899 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 100
Cypress, Texas 77433
1700 Post Oak BLVD, Suite 1-280
Houston, Texas 77056
Breast Reconstruction With Implants
Some women who are seeking breast reconstruction following treatment for breast cancer may benefit from a breast reconstruction with implants. In Houston and Cypress, very slender women who may not have enough excess tissue to perform a DIEP Flap reconstruction or those women who may be looking for fuller, larger results, may benefit from this breast reconstruction technique.
At Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bob Basu is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction surgery. His experience, combined with his sensitive approach to meet every woman’s individual needs, makes Dr. Basu one of the top plastic surgeons in the area.
Before & After PhotosView Photo Gallery Request A Consultation Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Why Consider Breast Reconstruction With Implants?
Breast reconstruction using implants is the most common way to restore the breasts following a mastectomy. Women who consider implant-based reconstruction can be of a range of body types, but the most common candidates include:
- Women who are naturally thin with small to moderate-sized breasts
- Women who don’t wish to have tissue taken from another part of their bodies
Fuller-breasted women can also achieve beautiful results with implants, but a breast lift with implants or breast reduction may be necessary in the case of a unilateral mastectomy to make the breasts as symmetrical as possible. Similarly, women with naturally small breasts may require a breast augmentation on one breast after reconstruction with implants.
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Implants Cost?
Breast reconstruction is generally covered by health insurance, including all associated pre-op appointments and aftercare. Women can choose to have reconstruction immediately after a mastectomy or many years later, and their decision should not affect their coverage.
Bob Basu, MD, MBA, MPH, FACS
- Princeton-Educated, Nationally Recognized, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
- Over 16,000 Cosmetic Procedures Performed
- Top Doc in “Best Plastic Surgeon” category for over a decade
Your Options For Breast Reconstruction With Implants
During your consultation, Dr. Basu will work closely with you to determine which type of reconstruction might best suit your individual needs and goals for your final results. Dr. Basu works closely with each woman to help her choose the right implant to deliver the most natural-looking results.
Similar to a breast augmentation, you will have the option of choosing either silicone or saline implants. Many women seeking a breast reconstruction choose to use silicone gel breast implants rather than saline-filled breast implants. While both silicone and saline implants are an option, silicone gel implants more closely resemble the feeling of natural breasts. This is particularly important in cases of reconstruction, as a mastectomy typically leaves little to no natural breast tissue to offer coverage over the implant.
Dr. Basu will address any questions or concerns you may have about either type of implant, and will explain the details of breast reconstruction surgery with you. He will work with you to determine a surgical plan that will best suit your needs to create the results that you hope for.
Your Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Reconstructing the breasts with implants often requires more time than flap reconstruction. First, a tissue expander is placed under the pectoral muscles. The volume of the tissue expander is gradually increased until the implant pocket is ready. Often, the duration of time between placing the initial expander and inserting the final breast implant is anywhere from 3 to 4 months. Once the implant is in place, sutures are closed with internal stitches.
Your Recovery & Results
The recovery process for a breast reconstruction with implants can be similar to that following cosmetic breast enhancement. Dr. Basu will provide you with thorough instructions to help make your recovery as safe and comfortable as possible. During recovery, you may experience some swelling, bruising or discomfort, but these symptoms should gradually diminish. Within 1 to 2 weeks following your final procedure, you may be able to return to your normal routine.
During your follow-up appointments, Dr. Basu can better assess your recovery progress and can help you plan accordingly. Generally speaking, many women can begin to resume their normal exercise habits within 4 to 6 weeks after their breast reconstruction. Within the next weeks and months, you’ll begin to see your final results take shape.
More Breast Reconstruction With Implants Resources
- View our before and after photo gallery to see real breast reconstruction results using implants
- Read patient reviews for Dr. Basu on RealSelf.com