- Question from Trudy: I had my implants for a year-and-a-half and then had to have them replaced because so much scar tissue built up and they moved. What are the chances of this happening again?
Answering that question depends on an understanding of why all that scar tissue formed. Some women naturally form more scar tissue than expected. In some women, scar tissue can form because of small infections, a small amount of old blood that may have remained following the reconstruction, or following radiation treatment.
If somebody has developed an abnormal amount of scar tissue around an implant, it would be OK to perform a procedure to remove or release some of that scar tissue. This would require another operation, but it usually is successful in improving the overall outcome.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Breast Reconstruction featured Maurice Nahabedian, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about different techniques in breast reconstruction, the pros and cons of implants and body tissue transfers, when you might want to reconstruct, and many more issues related to rebuilding your breast/s after breast cancer surgery.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in November 2003.
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