Revision procedures are sometimes required to improve the results of breast surgery or handle problems that might develop following surgery. Recent clinical evidence has demonstrated the value of using a biologic tissue support layer or matrix to reinforce weakened tissues and enhance natural tissue regeneration. Strattice™, a sterile sheet of porcine dermis from which the cells have been removed, is now being used by Dr. Forley to provide not only the reinforcement of thin, sagging tissues, but a scaffold-effect to support new cell growth. The long-term success of revision procedures of the breast has been enhanced with use of this technique.
Clinical Uses for Strattice™
- Reinforce the desired position of the breast
- Redefine the location of the fold under the breast by providing support inferiorly or laterally
- Correct complications that may occur after breast implant surgery, such as bottoming out, fold malposition, and symmastia
- Minimize the need for the use of additional muscles to provide a supportive covering layer in the breast
- Reinforce thin breast tissue when implant ripples and wrinkles are present
- Correct capsular contracture or hardening of the breast after implant surgery
- Aid in augmentation mastopexy to enable a stable, long term breast lift
In Part 2, we discuss in more detail how Strattice™ has provided a way to handle each of these clinical situations.
Written by Dr. Forley on March 13, 2016