Bilateral Immediate Breast Reconstruction with Tissue Expanders Following Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy
This 44 year-old female was diagnosed with left sided breast cancer. Because of her high risk of developing breast cancer on the opposite side, she opted for bilateral mastectomies. The removal of the breast tissue was performed through an incision on the bottom of the breast (i.e. the inframammary fold). Her exceptional breast cancer surgeon (i.e. general surgeon) was able to preserve the natural nipple tissue. Immediate breast reconstruction was performed with MENTOR® ARTOURA™ Breast Tissue Expanders. Several months later, the expanders were replaced with the most advanced, new “gummy-bear” MemoryShape™ silicone implants. Fat transfer, which is usually recommended to help shape the upper portion of the breast, was not required in this case. Postoperative result at 1 year shows excellent symmetry and shape, preservation of the nipple tissue, all designed to the patient’s desire to also increase breast volume.