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Latissimus Muscle with Implant

For our patients at Florida Plastic Surgery Group seeking breast reconstruction, the latissimus muscle and skin can be removed from the back and tunneled to the front of the chest wall to form a new breast mound. This technique is commonly combined with either saline breast implants or silicone implants. The most common patients for this procedure are undergoing delayed reconstruction after their breast(s) have been irradiated.

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Advantages:

  • Provides an upper-breast fullness for a more youthful look
  • With the flap covering the implant, there are fewer radiation related complications
  • It can be matched on the opposite breast with an implant placement and health insurance will cover the opposite breast symmetry
  • Because the flap provides additional tissue, most patients can undergo reconstruction in one stage without the need for expansion

Disadvantages:

  • An implant is a foreign body in the breast tissue. There is an increased risk for infection around the implant
  • Breast tissue may form a capsule around the implant causing the breast to become firm and sometimes painful
  • Fluid can collect in the back donor site area in about 15% of patients after the drains are removed

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Our breast reconstruction team will help guide you through the process one step at a time. At the Florida Plastic Surgery Group, we believe that patients, their desires, and anatomy are all unique. Therefore, our doctors will explain all the options and listen to your particular wishes to create a personalized approach to your reconstruction.

Insurance for Your Breast Reconstruction Procedure

Our breast surgery team will work with you to ensure your treatment and surgery are covered by your insurance company. Pre-authorization from your insurance company is generally required. At Florida Plastic Surgery Group, our office staff will work with you and act as your advocate to the insurance company.

To learn more about how the latissimus muscle with implant approach to breast reconstruction can help you achieve your post-mastectomy goals, please contact our plastic surgeons today to schedule a consultation.

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