This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.
Question: Husband is retired Navy so we have Tricare. I’ve already had unilateral reconstruction with silicone implant. However, it is about 1/2 the size of real breast and scar tissue is drawing it up. I don’t want to go back to my surgeon since he left it that way. His option was to chop the real breast down to match the small implant. I said “No” and never heard from him again. No final tattoo was offered either.
My question is would I still qualify for further reconstruction? I’d be interested in having the implant removed and the DEIP procedure. Also, I have plenty of fat to offer but are there restrictions on how fat is too fat?
Answer: Thank you for your question. I’m sorry things did not work out the way you wanted with your implant. It is possible to have your implant removed and replace it with your own fatty tissue. The DIEP may be a good option for you especially since you feel like you have extra fatty tissue in your tummy area. Also if your implant does not match your other breast then your own tissue would likely be a more natural match.
The restrictions have more to do with your overall health and your weight. If someone is too overweight then we would discuss losing weight before surgery to lower the risk of complications. In general if your weight is equal to or over 200lbs then we need to specifically evaluate your situation in detail. I would be glad to have our staff contact you for that information or set up a time that we could talk over the phone. If you would like to come for a consult that would be possible too. Just let us know if you would like more information.
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