The Philippines is still the country most plagued by breast cancer in Asia. According to the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology, 3 in 100 women will get breast cancer before age 75 and 1 out of 100 will die before reaching 75. Aside from the damage breast cancer does to your health, the disease also has an effect on women psychologically, even after it has been treated.
Many Filipina women suffer from the psychological toll of having deformed, only 1 or no breasts, once the breast(s) has been removed after mastectomy in order to treat breast cancer. Many women suffer from what is known to be post-mastectomy depression. However, this can be solved through breast reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction is the process of medically reconstructing the breasts for women who have undergone a mastectomy. This can be done right after the removal of the breast during mastectomy, or what they call immediate breast reconstruction, or even at a later point in time, aka delayed breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction surgery in the Philippines can be done with 2 main methods, Implant Reconstruction and Autologous or “flap” reconstruction.
Implant reconstruction is the reconstruction of the breasts using a synthetic breast prosthesis or a breast implant. The doctor will insert a saline or silicone breast implant in the breast pocket, in order to restore the size and shape of the breast that was lost.
Autologous or “flap” reconstruction
This type of breast reconstruction surgery makes use of the patient’s own tissue, such as skin, muscle or fat to reconstruct the shape of the breasts. A flap of tissue is taken from another part of the body, or what is called the donor site, commonly from the abdomen, thighs or glutes, and is then re-attached in the chest area to reconstruct the breast.
The fatty tissue can be completely separated from its original blood vessels and be completely moved to the chest area. This is referred to as a “free flap.” Another procedure is to maintain the connection between the fatty tissue and its original blood vessels, as it is placed in the chest area. This is often referred to as a “pedicled flap.” In both types, the tissue is formed into the shape of a breast and stitched into place.
Nipple and Areola Reconstruction
When a patient undergoes a mastectomy, unless the procedure is a nipple-sparing mastectomy, the nipples and areola are removed along with the breast tissue. However, with today’s continuously advancing medical technology, the nipples can now be reconstructed as well. Nipple and areola reconstruction can be done in 2 ways, skin grafting and paramedical micropigmentation.
Skin grafting is when tissue is taken from a donor site from the patient’s body, and placed in the breast area to reconstruct the nipples. Another option is paramedical micropigmentation or the use of medical-grade pigments to create a 3-D image of the nipple and areola. A common procedure done by many patients is the combination of the two procedures, in order to create an even more natural-looking nipple and areola.
Cost of Breast Reconstruction in the Philippines
The cost of breast reconstruction in the Philippines would depend mostly upon the type of reconstruction. The cost of breast reconstruction with breast implants in the Philippines, is far cheaper than flap reconstruction, with one breast costing around PHP 120,000. It is best to consult a medical professional to know the best type of reconstruction for you, and how much it would cost. However, if you do choose to undergo breast implant reconstruction in the Philippines, a good option of breast implants is Motiva®.
Breast Implants for Breast Reconstruction in the Philippines
Motiva® breast implant has been scientifically proven to be a safe choice for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. Motiva® breast implant has a SmoothSilk® surface that has been medically proven to have lower implant-related complications such as late seroma, capsular contracture, implant rippling, and implant rupture. Motiva® has the lowest implant-related complication rate, having less than 1%.
Motiva® breast implant also has zero reported cases of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or cancer of the immune system. This type of cancer of the immune system is linked to “textured implants,” which makes Motiva® breast implant a safer choice, because of the SmoothSilk® shell.