How Dr. Lee Performs Breast Reconstruction
Dr. Lee uses a tissue expander to perform breast reconstruction surgery. Tissue expanders are devices much like a breast implant, which are inserted underneath the chest wall muscle (pectoralis muscle) immediately following mastectomy (Figure A, B). After a short period of healing, saline is injected periodically into the tissue expanders using a small needle. This can be done in the comfort of Dr. Lee’s office.
Once the volume and shape of the breast are achieved with the tissue expander, a second surgery is performed to remove the tissue expander and insert the breast implant. This second surgery is often done on an outpatient basis.