Pro Vs. Cons of Breast Reconstruction

This blog will discuss the pros and cons of breast reconstruction by Dr Amit Mulay, a breast specialist doctor in Pune, which will help you choose between implant reconstruction or tissue flap-based reconstruction. There are a few criteria that we can use to compare these options.

Pro Vs. Cons of Breast Reconstruction

1. Quality:

An implant will never be perfectly indistinguishable from natural breasts. However, silicon-based implants show better results than saline-based implants. Flap-based reconstruction uses the client’s tissues, perfect for providing a more natural look to the breasts.


2. Loss of sensation:

There might be some loss of sensation for implant-based reconstruction, but with a tissue-based process, the operated breast will certainly lose some sensation. 


3. Duration of surgery:

An implant-based reconstruction process takes around 3-4 hours, while tissue-based reconstruction can last up to 8 hrs. depending on the site of tissue culture etc. 


4. Hospital stay:

There is almost no hospital stay for implant-based reconstruction. However, a 4-5 days stay is usually prescribed with tissue-based reconstruction.


5. Durability:

Implants generally have 15 to 20 years, so you might have to get them replaced at least once, depending on your preference. Tissue flap surgery, however, lasts a lifetime. So there will be no need to redo them.


6. Potential risks:

Chances of complications are higher with implant-based reconstruction compared with tissue-based procedures. However, the chances of having complications are very minute, and your healthcare provider can easily manage all the complications. 

These are the various points you should consider while choosing breast reconstruction surgery. If you want to get some consultation or breast reconstruction in Pune, contact us to book an appointment. 

Dr. Amit Mulay-cosmetic surgeon in Pune

Dr. Amit Mulay

MBBS, FCPS, DNB (General & Plastic Surgery)

With over 15 years of experience in the field of Plastic Surgery and its subspecialties, he specialises in reconstructive microsurgery and has been performing vascularised/free tissue transfers(Free Flaps).
Bestowed with the Young Investigator Award at the International Society of Burn Injuries (ISBI) from Australia, he is a well-known plastic surgeon in Pune & PCMC with a keen interest in the head, neck, and breast cancer reconstruction, hand surgery, reconstruction of upper and lower limb trauma and cosmetic surgery for facial scars, breast, and nose.