Breast reconstruction is neither quick nor easy

05/21/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Advances in breast reconstruction have made it a viable option for more women, but none of the various methods is quick, easy or without risk, plastic surgeons warn. Far more women choose implants than choose autologous fat transfer, and most of those choosing implants opt for silicone instead of saline, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More surgeons are offering deep inferior epigastric artery perforator surgery for women who want autologous reconstruction, and some have abandoned the transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap procedure due to risk of hernias and abdominal bulges.

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