On this page you will find answers to frequently asked questions asked by women considering breast revision surgery using Strattice™ Reconstructive Tissue Matrix (TM). If you have a question that is not answered here, please feel free to request more information online or find a doctor near you who can discuss and answer your questions in person.
What is Strattice™ TM?
Strattice™ TM is an acellular tissue matrix designed to reinforce weak tissue and support tissue regeneration through rapid revascularization, cell repopulation, and white cell migration. It is derived from porcine dermis and is a strong, pliable, sterile product. Strattice™ TM is recommended for use in soft-tissue repair where weakness or damaged tissue exists, including breast augmentation revision procedures where existing tissue is inadequate.
How long has Strattice™ TM been available?
Strattice™ TM was introduced in the United States in February 2008. The supplier of Strattice™ TM, LifeCell™, also supplies AlloDerm® Regenerative Tissue Matrix, a product which has been used in breast reconstruction since 2002. Learn more on our legacy page.
Why might Strattice™ TM be recommended for my breast surgery?
Through advanced surgical techniques, Strattice™ TM may help achieve the desired surgical outcome and may decrease the chance of some complications and additional revision procedures in the future.
What types of breast revision surgery can Strattice™ TM be used for?
Strattice™ TM is currently used to help address four types of challenges encountered in mastopexy augmentation and revisionary procedures due to weak or inadequate tissue: bottoming out, fold malpositions, symmastia, and wrinkling and rippling.
What benefits can Strattice™ TM provide for breast revision surgery patients?
By reinforcing weak or inadequate tissue, Strattice™ may provide the following benefits:
- Help the surgeon to control position of breast pocket.
- Help the surgeon to support and position the breasts in the desired location.
- Allow the surgeon to redefine the fold location by supporting the fold repair inferiorly or laterally.
- Reinforce thin tissue in the presence of wrinkles and ripples on the skin surface.
How soon can I have breast augmentation revision?
This will depend on several factors. Some women may have concerns as soon as several months after the surgery while other issues may take up to several years to manifest. If you are not satisfied with your result, the decision and timing around revision surgery will depend on your surgeon's recommendation.
What are some of the most common complications of breast augmentation?
Some complications following breast augmentation may occur with any surgery, while others are particular to the augmentation procedure. If you are considering breast surgery, be sure to talk with your doctor for a full discussion of complications and risks.
What are patients saying who have had Strattice™ TM for breast revision surgery?
For women who are not happy with the outcome of prior breast surgery, Strattice™ TM may help your surgeon achieve desired surgical outcomes.
Where can I get the latest information about Strattice™ TM?
On this site there is a Strattice™ TM news section where updates, events and announcements about the product are posted.
What should I look for when choosing a breast revision surgeon?
There are many factors to consider when finding a doctor to perform breast revision surgery. Look for a doctor who has specialized training and/or experience in revision procedures and make sure that you feel comfortable and connected during the consultation. Learn more about choosing a surgeon for your revision procedure.