This little piece of mesh is becoming more and more popular for both breast reconstruction and breast augmentation. What is it? Most plastic surgeons describe it as an internal bra which is used to hold implants or breast tissues in place after you procedure. It comes in many different shapes and sizes to accommodate your breast shape and implant.
Technically, it is a mesh surgical implant that helps support supports, elevates and reinforces placement of the the implant or breast tissue. This GalaFlex mesh is FDA-approved and is made out of a bioresorbable biopolymer that over a period of 1 -2 years is that is safely reabsorbed by the body. The biopolymer is a high-sterngth, reabsorbable P4HB monofilament fibers. This is a type of biopolyer that was originally synthesized by MIT scientists. These fibers are very strong and flexible which is the perfect scaffold for new scar tissue to grow in and weave around very similar to vines growing along a garden trellis. The biocompatible nature of the polymer means ther eis not risk of rejection or allergic reaction. This innovative medical device is produced by Galatea Surgical. They were recently acquired by BD Health, one of the largest medical technology companies in the world.
Breast implants, or breast augmentation, is a surgical procedure that adds volume to the breasts. Women seek breast enhancement (augmentation mammoplasty) for a variety of reasons. For many women, it is not just to increase the size of their breasts, but may be to feel more comfortable in a swimsuit or confident out of clothes. It may be to return to their pre-pregnancy shape and volume. Some aim to correct an asymmetry or abnormal breast development that has plagued them since adolescence. Whether a woman wants people to know they’ve had a “boob job” or prefers a more reserved look, Dr. Albright will assist you in achieving your specific goals with breast augmentation in San Antonio TX.
If Dr. Albright and you decide utilizing mesh will help achieve the look you want, the Alamo Plastic Surgery Team will order and have it ready for your surgery along with implants. Dr. Albright will place the GalaFlex mesh under the skin to help support the implants. After surgery you will have regular post operative follow ups to ensure placement of mesh and implants correct.
There are several reasons your plastic surgeon may recommend or require a GalaFlex mesh internal bra:
1. Size of implants. A larger implant size will tend to sag outwards similar to large breasts. Most patients prefer the implants to stay in place.
2. Chest Slope - In rare cases your rib cage may slope towards your arms or armpits. In this case, the implants will be shifted towards your implants if nothing to prevent this or hold the implants in place.
3. Skin Laxity - In many cases with women, their natural skin is not supporting their natural breast tissue well and will most likely not support the added weight from an implant either.
During your consultation with Dr. Albright, he will ask about your medical history, perform an exam of your chest, and ask you what your preferred look is after breast augmentation surgery. From these data points, he can then provide an optimal surgical plan customized for you.
GalaFlex Mesh has great results for women who need extra support. Satisfaction rates for Galaflex Mesh are high among patients and surgeons. In fact, it is estimated over one hundred thousand patients have mesh has part of their breast surgery a year.
At Alamo Plastic Surgery we understand patients desire to understand pricing before undertaking a costly procedure. We keep estimate pricing for each procedure on our website. As it does vary based on patient's anatomy and desired outcome, we do have ranges for most surgeries.