Q: What is the difference between autologous and implant reconstruction procedures?

December 20th, 2010
By: Dr. Carlin Vickery and Dr. Leo Keegan

A: Though an autologous breast reconstruction may appear to be a more complicated initial operation, the results are generally long-lasting, and additional surgeries are rarely required. By contrast, implant reconstruction has many stages and the reconstructed breasts often do not feel as natural as the original. In the long run, patients undergoing implant reconstruction may have more surgeries than patients who undergo autologous breast reconstructions.

Each patient is unique, and not every patient is an ideal candidate for an autologous or implant reconstruction. However, patients will enjoy the best surgical results if they carefully consult with a surgeon who is comfortable with a broad range of breast reconstruction techniques. Choosing a surgeon with microsurgical expertise can help each patient find a surgical option that is ideal for her body type, aesthetic preferences, and medical history.

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