The Benefits of Choosing Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction
Dr. David Passaretti now offers prepectoral breast reconstruction at his state-of-the-art, full-service facility in Darien, CT as an option for female patients who require a partial or full mastectomy due to breast cancer. He began performing this procedure in 2016 after an extensive amount of research and patient feedback. Compared to traditional methods of breast reconstruction, this innovative procedure uses Alloderm® grafts in combination with breast implants to produce significantly less discomfort and an overall faster recovery. As the first plastic surgeon in Connecticut to offer this treatment, Dr. Passaretti is passionate about providing patients with superior results that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also suit an active lifestyle.
The Prepectoral Reconstruction Technique
The prepectoral reconstruction technique uses Alloderm tissue grafts along with breast implants and the patient’s own adipose tissues to create a soft, natural breast mound that sits atop the pectoral muscle. This type of breast reconstruction does not include cutting the pectoral muscles, and because of the reduced disruption of the natural anatomy, it is less painful and produces faster, more natural-looking results than traditional breast reconstruction techniques.
Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction vs. Traditional Breast Reconstruction
Using traditional methods, the breast is reconstructed using muscle, fat, and skin tissue from another area of the body, such as the back or abdomen in combination with breast implants. The implants are positioned behind the pectoral muscles and recovery is generally painful and requires an extensive healing period. Even though the breast looks beautiful in pictures, some patients experience animation deformity, which could be triggered by something as simple as picking up a glass of water. Animation deformity causes the skin of the breast to wrinkle or ripple, causing pain and discomfort.
Because prepectoral breast reconstruction is such an advanced technique, patients can leave the hospital sooner and resume normal activity three to four weeks after surgery while also achieving a beautifully reconstructed bust line and restored confidence.
Prepectoral breast reconstruction does not include cutting the pectoral muscles, and because of the reduced disruption of the natural anatomy, it is less painful and produces faster, more natural-looking results than traditional breast reconstruction techniques.
Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction Candidacy
The best candidates for prepectoral breast reconstruction include patients undergoing a mastectomy or patients who are unhappy with their results from a previous breast reconstruction procedure. Patients will need to have a sufficient amount of natural body fat for a fat transfer and not currently be undergoing cancer treatment. This innovative technique is generally not suitable for patients with advanced cancer. Dr. Passaretti can perform a thorough examination to determine your candidacy. He will also work closely with your cancer treatment team to ensure you achieve optimal results.
Benefits of Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction
Patients who choose to restore the size and shape of their bust line with prepectoral breast reconstruction can enjoy:
- Faster treatment with less downtime
- Less discomfort
- No animation deformity
- Reduced risk for muscle fatigue and chronic pain
- Natural-looking results
- Restored confidence
Contact Us to Learn More
If you have been researching breast reconstruction techniques and you are unsure of which treatment would be best for you, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss all the available options and the benefits that prepectoral breast reconstruction can provide. We also invite you to read our most frequently asked questions about breast reconstruction. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Passaretti, contact our practice online today or call our office at (203) 656-9999.