Many women who have a mastectomy or lumpectomy elect to have a breast reconstruction procedure to restore a feminine figure. Optimal results require adequate skin and tissue in the breast area, but it is not uncommon for patients to have thin skin or minimal tissue. In these cases, Alloderm® acellular dermal matrix (ADM) is often used to secure implant position, encourage tissue growth, and achieve more aesthetic results.
Dr. Lisa Hunsicker is a board-certified plastic surgeon known nationally for her work involving direct-to-implant breast reconstruction. She is passionate about helping patients restore a natural look after a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
What is Alloderm® Made From?
Alloderm® is an ADM used in many plastic surgery procedures, including breast reconstruction. It is derived from donated human cadaver skin, which undergoes a patented process to remove all cells from the tissue. Removing the cells while preserving the structure of the tissue results in a pliable, versatile collagen matrix that the body will not reject.
How Does Alloderm® Work?
Alloderm® functions as a scaffold for new tissue and provides reinforcement, so your new breasts are supported and securely positioned. The tissue is in a dehydrated form until use. During your breast reconstruction, Dr. Hunsicker will shape the ADM to achieve the intended results and rehydrate the tissue. Alloderm® is implanted with absorbable sutures.
Benefits of Alloderm® in Breast Reconstruction
Dr. Hunsicker will do a thorough exam and review of your medical history to determine if Alloderm® can help you achieve your desired outcome. For patients whose soft tissue cannot accommodate breast implants, Alloderm® can have many benefits, including:
- Natural-looking results – Implants may be visible through thin skin. The extra layer of tissue that Alloderm® provides can mask edges and ripples for a more natural looking result.
- Improved symmetry – Since Alloderm® is pliable, Dr. Hunsicker can shape it and place it to achieve symmetrical breasts.
- Prevention of implant migration – Alloderm® can be attached to your chest muscle to help keep the implant in an optimal position.
- Reduce the risk of capsular contracture – Capsular contracture occurs when scar tissue hardens and contracts around a breast implant. Studies indicate that ADM can lower the risk of capsular contracture.
- Support for increased fill volume – Whereas thin skin and minimal tissue can limit fill volume, Alloderm® can provide support for heavier breasts.
- Assists with the growth of new tissue – The ADM consists of tissue building blocks like collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and other components involved with new tissue growth.
- Low risk of complications – Extensive screening and purification of the tissue prevents the body from rejecting Alloderm®. ADM does not lengthen your recovery or require special care after implantation.
Schedule Your Breast Reconstruction Consultation in Littleton
A private consultation with Dr. Hunsicker is the best way to start your breast reconstruction journey. Your health and safety are always the priority, and Dr. Hunsicker will work closely with your healthcare providers and general surgeon to determine the best treatment plan for your unique needs. Call 720-283-2500 today to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in the greater Denver area.