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Breast Reconstruction

Your Journey, Your Options

Whether you’ve made the choice to begin breast reconstruction, or you’re still deciding what’s best for you—it’s all about your journey. We understand your journey is uniquely personal and want you to feel confident along the way with tools and resources to help you in the decision-making process.

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We’re in this together

Every breast cancer journey is different, but your support team is there to empower you every step of the way. Guidance from your care team, friends, family and advocates can help you find confidence during this time.

Mentor is humbled to be alongside you throughout your journey and part of your support team.

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Your Procedure

Whether embarking on your breast reconstruction journey at the time of your mastectomy (immediate) or sometime after (delayed), you and your surgeon will discuss the best options for you.

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Breast Reconstruction Pathways

There are multiple pathways for breast reconstruction and your timing to undergo this procedure plays an important role in understanding your options.

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Discussing Your Reconstruction Options (PDF)
Pathway 1: Two Stage Reconstruction

Immediate or Delayed

Two-stage reconstruction begins with the placement of tissue expanders. You will meet with your plastic surgeon on a regular basis to fill the expander with sterile saline solution to gradually create your breast pocket. The expander is then replaced by a breast implant. This procedure allows for the most flexibility in shaping the breast.

Two Stage Breast Reconstruction
Pathway 2: Single Stage Reconstruction

Immediate

Single-stage reconstruction, or direct to implant, is when your surgeon places a breast implant immediately after your mastectomy. Sometimes, a direct to implant patient may decide to have a revision procedure sometime later to obtain the size breast she wants.

Single Stage Breast Reconstruction
Pathway 3: Autologous Reconstruction

The autologous pathway involves using tissue from another place on your body to create the shape of a breast.

Autologous Breast Reconstruction

Additional Considerations

Incision

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An illustrative diagram of a breast reconstruction incision

Your type of mastectomy and tumor location will determine your reconstruction incision.

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Placement of Devices in Breast Reconstruction

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An illustrative diagram of a breast expander inside the breast

Expanders and implants can be placed either under the chest muscle (submuscular) or on top of the chest muscle (pre-pec).

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Breast Symmetry

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An illustrative diagram of a breast symmetry

In the case of a unilateral diagnosis, a surgeon may recommend breast implantation of the opposite, uninvolved breast in order to make them more alike.

Nipple Reconstruction

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An illustrative diagram of breast nipple reconstruction

Nipple reconstruction is normally a separate outpatient procedure after your reconstruction is complete.

Questions to Discuss With Your Plastic Surgeon
  • What type of reconstruction do you think will meet my goals?
  • What are the risks and benefits of pre-pec versus submuscular?
  • What are common complications with breast reconstruction?
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Why Tissue Expansion May Be Necessary

Tissue expansion plays an important role in creating the aesthetic outcome of your reconstructed breasts.

A breast tissue expander is a temporary device that is designed to stretch the skin tissue as it shapes and creates a breast pocket for the final implant to be placed to restore volume.

What To Expect With Tissue Expanders

An illustrative diagram of a breast expander inside the breast

A tissue expander will be placed by your plastic surgeon, either at the time of your mastectomy or sometime after.

An illustrative diagram of a breast expander inside the breast being filled

Post operative expander fillings are usually performed by either your surgeon or nurse. They will inject saline solution into your tissue expander through the magnetic port.

An illustrative diagram of a breast expander inside the breast

Once you and your surgeon are satisfied with the shape and size of your expanded breasts, your tissue will need a chance to rest before your implant exchange surgery is scheduled.

Questions to Discuss With Your Plastic Surgeon
  • What can I expect during the tissue expander stage?
  • How often will I need to get the tissue expanders filled?
  • How long will I have tissue expanders?
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Download Questionnaire
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An attractive middle aged woman with arms folded across her chest

Your Procedure

Whether embarking on your breast reconstruction journey at the time of your mastectomy (immediate) or sometime after (delayed), you and your surgeon will discuss the best options for you.

Goto next page button

Breast Reconstruction Pathways

There are multiple pathways for breast reconstruction and your timing to undergo this procedure plays an important role in understanding your options.

Pathway 1: Two Stage Reconstruction

Immediate or Delayed

Two-stage reconstruction begins with the placement of tissue expanders. You will meet with your plastic surgeon on a regular basis to fill the expander with sterile saline solution to gradually create your breast pocket. The expander is then replaced by a breast implant. This procedure allows for the most flexibility in shaping the breast.

Two Stage Breast Reconstruction
Pathway 2: Single Stage Reconstruction

Immediate

Single-stage reconstruction, or direct to implant, is when your surgeon places a breast implant immediately after your mastectomy. Sometimes, a direct to implant patient may decide to have a revision procedure sometime later to obtain the size breast she wants.

Single Stage Breast Reconstruction
Pathway 3: Autologous Reconstruction

The autologous pathway involves using tissue from another place on your body to create the shape of a breast.

Autologous Breast Reconstruction

Additional Considerations

Incision

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An illustrative diagram of a breast reconstruction incision

Your type of mastectomy and tumor location will determine your reconstruction incision.

Learn more

Placement of Devices in Breast Reconstruction

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An illustrative diagram of a breast expander inside the breast

Expanders and implants can be placed either under the chest muscle (submuscular) or on top of the chest muscle (pre-pec).

Learn more

Breast Symmetry

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An illustrative diagram of a breast symmetry

In the case of a unilateral diagnosis, a surgeon may recommend breast implantation of the opposite, uninvolved breast in order to make them more alike.

Nipple Reconstruction

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An illustrative diagram of breast nipple reconstruction

Nipple reconstruction is normally a separate outpatient procedure after your reconstruction is complete.

Questions to Discuss With Your Plastic Surgeon
  • What type of reconstruction do you think will meet my goals?
  • What are the risks and benefits of pre-pec versus submuscular?
  • What are common complications with breast reconstruction?
File icon
Download Complete Questionnaire (PDF)

Why Tissue Expansion May Be Necessary

Tissue expansion plays an important role in creating the aesthetic outcome of your reconstructed breasts.

A breast tissue expander is a temporary device that is designed to stretch the skin tissue as it shapes and creates a breast pocket for the final implant to be placed to restore volume.

What To Expect With Tissue Expanders

An illustrative diagram of a breast expander inside the breast

A tissue expander will be placed by your plastic surgeon, either at the time of your mastectomy or sometime after.

An illustrative diagram of a breast expander inside the breast being filled

Post operative expander fillings are usually performed by either your surgeon or nurse. They will inject saline solution into your tissue expander through the magnetic port.

An illustrative diagram of a breast expander inside the breast

Once you and your surgeon are satisfied with the shape and size of your expanded breasts, your tissue will need a chance to rest before your implant exchange surgery is scheduled.

Questions to Discuss With Your Plastic Surgeon
  • What can I expect during the tissue expander stage?
  • How often will I need to get the tissue expanders filled?
  • How long will I have tissue expanders?
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Download Complete Questionnaire (PDF)
Reconstruction is a Right

Your Choice

Your breast reconstruction journey is unique to you. Mentor offers various tissue expanders and breast implants to help ensure you achieve your desired aesthetic outcome. Discussing these options with your plastic surgeon will help you feel confident with your implant choice.

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Choosing the Right Implant for You

As a reconstruction patient, you have aesthetic options and can consider outcomes different from your native breasts. Only you know what looks and feels right for you.

Implant Basics

An implant is not classified like breast sizes - they don’t come in “Size A”, “Size B”, etc - but rather dimensions that provide the result you are looking for.

Dimensions that help your surgeon determine the best implant for you:

1
BAse Width

Determined by your body type & build.

2
Projection

How far the breast implant extends from your chest wall. The implant’s projection in relation to base width is more commonly referred to as the Implant Profile.

3
Volume

Measured in cubic centimeters, or “cc’s”. This is how a breast implant is sized.

Symmetry

No two breasts are the same – there are subtle differences and when reconstructed, those subtle differences may become more noticeable.

Keep in MInd:

Your base width remains the same. It is the flexibility in options for varying dimensions of projection & volume that determine which implant will best suit your desired aesthetic outcome.

Breast Implant Options

MENTOR® Breast Implants are designed to meet your aesthetic and lifestyle goals. You and your surgeon can choose from a variety of shapes and sizes to find the best implant for you.

  • Proprietary cohesive “gummy” gel designed to hold together uniformly to look and feel like breast tissue*
  • Innovative shell designed to maintain a natural feel while delivering exceptional strength
  • Dynamic fill ratios for varying degrees of implant firmness to best suit your needs
  • Covered by comprehensive implant warranties2
Questions to Discuss With Your Plastic Surgeon
  • Do you have any MENTOR® Breast Implants I can feel?
  • What MENTOR® implant will give me the aesthetic outcome I desire?
  • Will I need to replace the implants in the future?
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Download Questionnaire
The Mentor MemoryGel Breast Implant

MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants

Soft, Natural, Feel

With a variety of options for projection, fullness and firmness, the uniquely formulated cohesive gel found within MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants creates a soft, more natural feel chosen by millions of women.*

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The Mentor MemoryShape Breast Implant

MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants

Long-Lasting Results

MemoryShape® Implants help create your desired breast shape with youthful firmness; it’s the most projecting shaped implant on the market.

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The Mentor Saline Breast Implant

MENTOR® Saline Breast Implants

Flexible Volume

MENTOR® Saline Implants are filled with a saltwater solution, much like what’s in the human body. Saline has the firmest feel compared to the other Mentor silicone gel implants.

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As compared to saline-filled breast implants.

As compared to silicone gel shaped breast implants commercially available in the U.S.

Breast Tissue Expander Options

Mentor offers choices in tissue expanders so you and your surgeon can decide what is right for you. MENTOR® Breast Tissue Expanders include:

  • Proprietary BufferZone® Self-Sealing Patch surrounds the magnetic injection dome to help protect at least 50% more of the expander surface area (than the injection dome alone) from accidental needle punctures during fill sessions.
  • Various profiles and sizes to align with your chest base width and desired implant choice
  • Available in Smooth and Siltex® Imprinted Texture
Questions to Discuss With Your Plastic Surgeon
  • Do you have any MENTOR® Tissue Expanders I can see?
  • What type of Mentor® Tissue Expander will you select for me?
  • Can I have radiation with tissue expanders in my body?
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Download Questionnaire
The Mentor Artoura Breast Expander

MENTOR® ARTOURA® Breast Tissue Expanders

Designed to expand primarily in the lower portion of the breast through internal components that are designed to be predictable, safe and stable during breast reconstruction procedures, while offering unsurpassed tissue expansion control.3, 4, 11, ‡

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The Mentor CPX4 Breast Expander

MENTOR® CPX®4 Breast Tissue Expanders

Offers a soft, comfortable expander for patients. Maximizes lower pole projection and provides a natural breast shape.

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2012 ARTOURA(tm) Breast Tissue Expander compared to Allergan 133MV-13 and 133MX-13 in a benchtop study under simulated compression

 

Proprietary BufferZone® Self-Sealing Patch. The third-party trademarks used herein are trademarks of their respective owners. Compared to Mentor's previous Family of Breast Tissue Expanders.

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Your Choice

Your breast reconstruction journey is unique to you. Mentor offers various tissue expanders and breast implants to help ensure you achieve your desired aesthetic outcome. Discussing these options with your plastic surgeon will help you feel confident with your implant choice.

Goto next page button

Choosing the Right Implant for You

As a reconstruction patient, you have aesthetic options and can consider outcomes different from your native breasts. Only you know what looks and feels right for you.

Implant Basics

An implant is not classified like breast sizes - they don’t come in “Size A”, “Size B”, etc - but rather dimensions that provide the result you are looking for.

Dimensions that help your surgeon determine the best implant for you:

1
BAse Width

Determined by your body type & build.

2
Projection

How far the breast implant extends from your chest wall. The implant’s projection in relation to base width is more commonly referred to as the Implant Profile.

3
Volume

Measured in cubic centimeters, or “cc’s”. This is how a breast implant is sized.

Symmetry

No two breasts are the same – there are subtle differences and when reconstructed, those subtle differences may become more noticeable.

Keep in MInd:

Your base width remains the same. It is the flexibility in options for varying dimensions of projection & volume that determine which implant will best suit your desired aesthetic outcome.

Breast Implant Options

MENTOR® Breast Implants are designed to meet your aesthetic and lifestyle goals. You and your surgeon can choose from a variety of shapes and sizes to find the best implant for you.

  • Proprietary cohesive “gummy” gel designed to hold together uniformly to look and feel like breast tissue*
  • Innovative shell designed to maintain a natural feel while delivering exceptional strength
  • Dynamic fill ratios for varying degrees of implant firmness to best suit your needs
  • Covered by comprehensive implant warranties2
Questions to Discuss With Your Plastic Surgeon
  • Do you have any MENTOR® Breast Implants I can feel?
  • What MENTOR® implant will give me the aesthetic outcome I desire?
  • Will I need to replace the implants in the future?
File icon
Download Complete Questionnaire (PDF)
The Mentor MemoryGel Breast Implant

MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants

Soft, Natural, Feel

With a variety of options for projection, fullness and firmness, the uniquely formulated cohesive gel found within MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants creates a soft, more natural feel chosen by millions of women.*

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The Mentor MemoryShape Breast Implant

MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants

Long-Lasting Results

MemoryShape® Implants help create your desired breast shape with youthful firmness; it’s the most projecting shaped implant on the market.

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The Mentor Saline Breast Implant

MENTOR® Saline Breast Implants

Flexible Volume

MENTOR® Saline Implants are filled with a saltwater solution, much like what’s in the human body. Saline has the firmest feel compared to the other Mentor silicone gel implants.

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*

As compared to saline-filled breast implants.

As compared to silicone gel shaped breast implants commercially available in the U.S.

Breast Tissue Expander Options

Mentor offers choices in tissue expanders so you and your surgeon can decide what is right for you. MENTOR® Breast Tissue Expanders include:

  • Proprietary BufferZone® Self-Sealing Patch surrounds the magnetic injection dome to help protect at least 50% more of the expander surface area (than the injection dome alone) from accidental needle punctures during fill sessions.
  • Various profiles and sizes to align with your chest base width and desired implant choice
  • Available in Smooth and Siltex® Imprinted Texture
Questions to Discuss With Your Plastic Surgeon
  • Do you have any MENTOR® Tissue Expanders I can see?
  • What type of Mentor® Tissue Expander will you select for me?
  • Can I have radiation with tissue expanders in my body?
File icon
Download Complete Questionnaire (PDF)
The Mentor Artoura Breast Expander

MENTOR® ARTOURA® Breast Tissue Expanders

Designed to expand primarily in the lower portion of the breast through internal components that are designed to be predictable, safe and stable during breast reconstruction procedures, while offering unsurpassed tissue expansion control.3, 4, 11, ‡

Goto next page button
The Mentor CPX4 Breast Expander

MENTOR® CPX®4 Breast Tissue Expanders

Offers a soft, comfortable expander for patients. Maximizes lower pole projection and provides a natural breast shape.

Goto next page button

2012 ARTOURA(tm) Breast Tissue Expander compared to Allergan 133MV-13 and 133MX-13 in a benchtop study under simulated compression

  

Proprietary BufferZone® Self-Sealing Patch. The third-party trademarks used herein are trademarks of their respective owners. Compared to Mentor's previous Family of Breast Tissue Expanders.

The difference is inside.

Our Commitment to Your Safety

Mentor is committed to providing objective and clinical information about breast implant safety so that patients feel empowered to make an informed choice.

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Mentor has been trusted over 30 years by surgeons and patients

MENTOR® Silicone Gel Implants are Supported by Robust Patient Data

10
Clinical Studies
200K
Women Participated5

You Use Products with Silicone Everyday

Soap, lotion and chewing gum icon
Soap, Lotion, and Chewing Gum
Environmentally friendly icon
Recyclable and Considered Environmentally Friendly
Silicone has been used for over 50 years
Medical devices icon
Medical Devices and Compatiple With Human Tissue
Baby products icon
Baby Products Such as Bottles and Pacifiers

Own Your Decision

Our Commitment To Safety

Nothing is more important to Mentor than the health and satisfaction of the patients who choose our breast implants. MENTOR® Breast Implants are backed by 10-year, prospective clinical trials that demonstrate their safety and effectiveness in primary and revision augmentation and reconstruction patients.6

We are proud to offer comprehensive warranties for all our implant devices.2

Our Manufacturing Process

Each Mentor product undergoes a stringent inspection and rigorous testing to ensure quality and performance. We closely monitor MENTOR® Breast Implants through clinical studies, registries and post- market surveillance activities. We’re constantly evaluating materials and implementing manufacturing innovation based on the latest research and feedback.

Follow Up

Following your breast surgery, it’s important that you have regular follow up exams and follow your doctor’s instructions to monitor your breast implants as there are risks involved with breast implant surgery. If you notice any changes to your breast implants or experience any unusual signs or symptoms of health issues, contact your health care provider promptly to schedule an appointment.

Complications

Common Complications

MENTOR® Breast Implants are backed by substantial clinical data demonstrating safety and effectiveness in primary and revision augmentation and reconstruction patients.6 However, as with any medical procedure, there are complications that may arise. There are risks associated with breast implant surgery. You should be aware that breast implants are not lifetime devices and breast implantation may not be a one-time surgery. The chance of developing complications increases over time. The most common are capsular contracture, reoperation, implant removal, and rupture or deflation of the implant.

Learn more about common complications here

Breast-Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

BIA-ALCL is an uncommon type of lymphoma found in women with breast implants.7 It most commonly appears as a swelling of the breast caused by fluid around the implant, usually at least 1 year after surgery.8 It can also cause pain, lumps, swelling, or asymmetry.9 The recommendation is the removal of the breast implant and surrounding tissue. Treatment has been successful when found early.10

Learn more about BIA-ALCL here

Always be sure to discuss all of your concerns about any of these risks with your plastic surgeon.

Pre and Post-Op Checklist

There are many details that go into surgery planning. Often times, it‘s easy to forget the small stuff. The following pre- and post-op tips are meant to provide the details that can make life easier before and after surgery.

Talk to Your Surgeon and Their Staff

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  • Mixing medications: Medications you’re already taking may interact with surgery or with medications that your surgeon prescribes before and after your procedure. Be sure to telI your surgeon about any medications you are taking or plan to take throughout recovery. Vitamins, minerals, and herbs can also interact with medications.
  • Receive directions to the facility where you plan to have the procedure.
  • Request a list or your surgeon’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions, which can include:
    a) showering recommendations
    b) medications that need to be taken or stopped prior to the procedure
    c) supplies that you will need after surgery
    d) policies on smoking cessation, if applicable
  • After hours contact information for your surgeon.

The Days Before Surgery

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  • Purchase any supplies that you will need for recovery.
  • Follow instructions provided by your surgeon regarding medication.
  • Fill any post-operative prescriptions necessary after the procedure.
  • Coordinate with a friend or family member who can drive you home after the procedure and possibly stay with you for the first few days after surgery.

The Night Before Surgery

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  • Pack your bag the night before surgery. Bring any personal items that you might need.
  • Bring a container to hold your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Bring comfortable clothes to wear after the procedure.
  • Bring your insurance card.
  • Follow instructions regarding food and drink.

The Day of the Procedure

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  • You will receive a list of discharge instructions and medication instructions.
  • You will receive emergency contact information
  • Be certain to have someone stay with you for the amount of time recommended by your surgeon.
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Download this Checklist (PDF)
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Note: This list does not replace the advice of your surgeon, but it can provide reminders about what to ask the surgeon and how to be better prepared.

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Our Commitment to Your Safety

Mentor is committed to providing objective and clinical information about breast implant safety so that patients feel empowered to make an informed choice.

Goto next page button
Mentor has been trusted over 30 years by surgeons and patients

MENTOR® Silicone Gel Implants are Supported by Robust Patient Data

10
Clinical Studies
200K
Women Participated5

You Use Products with Silicone Everyday

Soap, lotion and chewing gum icon
Soap, Lotion, and Chewing Gum
Environmentally friendly icon
Recyclable and Considered Environmentally Friendly
Silicone has been used for over 50 years
Medical devices icon
Medical Devices and Compatiple With Human Tissue
Baby products icon
Baby Products Such as Bottles and Pacifiers

Own Your Decision

Our Commitment To Safety

Nothing is more important to Mentor than the health and satisfaction of the patients who choose our breast implants. MENTOR® Breast Implants are backed by 10-year, prospective clinical trials that demonstrate their safety and effectiveness in primary and revision augmentation and reconstruction patients.6

We are proud to offer comprehensive warranties for all our implant devices.2

Our Manufacturing Process

Each Mentor product undergoes a stringent inspection and rigorous testing to ensure quality and performance. We closely monitor MENTOR® Breast Implants through clinical studies, registries and post- market surveillance activities. We’re constantly evaluating materials and implementing manufacturing innovation based on the latest research and feedback.

Follow Up

Following your breast surgery, it’s important that you have regular follow up exams and follow your doctor’s instructions to monitor your breast implants as there are risks involved with breast implant surgery. If you notice any changes to your breast implants or experience any unusual signs or symptoms of health issues, contact your health care provider promptly to schedule an appointment.

Complications

Common Complications

MENTOR® Breast Implants are backed by substantial clinical data demonstrating safety and effectiveness in primary and revision augmentation and reconstruction patients.6 However, as with any medical procedure, there are complications that may arise. There are risks associated with breast implant surgery. You should be aware that breast implants are not lifetime devices and breast implantation may not be a one-time surgery. The chance of developing complications increases over time. The most common are capsular contracture, reoperation, implant removal, and rupture or deflation of the implant.

Learn more about common complications here

Rare Complications

BIA-ALCL is an uncommon type of lymphoma found in women with breast implants.7 It most commonly appears as a swelling of the breast caused by fluid around the implant, usually at least 1 year after surgery.8 It can also cause pain, lumps, swelling, or asymmetry.9 The recommendation is the removal of the breast implant and surrounding tissue. Treatment has been successful when found early.10

Learn more about BIA-ALCL here

Always be sure to discuss all of your concerns about any of these risks with your plastic surgeon.

Pre and Post-Op Checklist

There are many details that go into surgery planning. Often times, it‘s easy to forget the small stuff. The following pre- and post-op tips are meant to provide the details that can make life easier before and after surgery.

Talk to Your Surgeon and Their Staff

Expand section button
  • Mixing medications: Medications you’re already taking may interact with surgery or with medications that your surgeon prescribes before and after your procedure. Be sure to telI your surgeon about any medications you are taking or plan to take throughout recovery. Vitamins, minerals, and herbs can also interact with medications.
  • Receive directions to the facility where you plan to have the procedure.
  • Request a list or your surgeon’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions, which can include:
    a) showering recommendations
    b) medications that need to be taken or stopped prior to the procedure
    c) supplies that you will need after surgery
    d) policies on smoking cessation, if applicable
  • After hours contact information for your surgeon.

The Days Before Surgery

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  • Purchase any supplies that you will need for recovery.
  • Follow instructions provided by your surgeon regarding medication.
  • Fill any post-operative prescriptions necessary after the procedure.
  • Coordinate with a friend or family member who can drive you home after the procedure and possibly stay with you for the first few days after surgery.

The Night Before Surgery

Expand section button
  • Pack your bag the night before surgery. Bring any personal items that you might need.
  • Bring a container to hold your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Bring comfortable clothes to wear after the procedure.
  • Bring your insurance card.
  • Follow instructions regarding food and drink.

The Day of the Procedure

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  • You will receive a list of discharge instructions and medication instructions.
  • You will receive emergency contact information
  • Be certain to have someone stay with you for the amount of time recommended by your surgeon.
File icon
Download this Checklist (PDF)
Info icon

Note: This list does not replace the advice of your surgeon, but it can provide reminders about what to ask the surgeon and how to be better prepared.

Sometimes self-care means accepting support

Own Your Recovery

Relax, Heal, and Recharge

You’ll probably feel tired and sore after your surgery. Your breasts may be swollen and sensitive to touch. You might feel tightness in your breasts because your skin needs to adjust to your new size. Talk to your surgeon about any concerns you may have after your surgery.

Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions

Your surgery is unique to your journey, so your recovery will be unique too. It’s important to follow the instructions given by your surgeon.

Your Lifestyle and Activities

Talk to your surgeon about your lifestyle and typical activities—you might need to take a break from some things while your body heals.

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