Gel breast implants - once the subject of a government ban and a product-liability debacle - is now the preferred breast-reconstruction method. Of 106,000 restorative surgeries performed last year in the United States, more than 80,000 involved silicone-gel implants, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
While implants have gotten better, reconstructive surgery using patients' own tissue also has improved.
It "tends to tolerate the damaging effects of radiation the best," explained Lankenau Medical Center radiation oncologist Marisa Weiss, founder of the patient information site breastcancer.org. Learn more from Philadelphia Inquirer.