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What are the disadvantages of simultaneous breast reconstruction?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Disadvantages of simultaneous reconstruction include increase surgical rates of complications. Most women opt to have reconstruction at the same setting as the mastectomy surgery. Often, we place a tissue expander simultaneously after the mastectomy is performed under the muscle. Serial tissue expansions are performed weekly until the final size is slightly over exceeded. Next, a permanent silicone gel implant is placed and the nipple and areola can then be recreated during the final stage. Also, when radiation therapy is used, it is often preferable to stage the reconstruction after the chemotherapy and radiation are complete.

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