Plastic surgery techniques are becoming more advanced than ever, especially when it comes to breast surgeries which are some of the most popular procedures each year. One increasingly popular technique is biocompatible scaffoldings that help support soft tissues as they heal and stimulate the regeneration of your natural tissue after breast surgery. That way, you heal faster with your natural tissue as support. Galatea 3D scaffolds are one effective way to ensure you get the results you want from your breast surgery, so here’s what to know about this option.

What Is Galaform™ 3d Scaffold?

A Galaform™ 3d scaffold comprises of a monofilament scaffold made of P4HB, a bioresorbable organic material. This surgical scaffold has approval for use in the reinforcement of soft tissue during plastic or reconstructive surgery. Furthermore, the Galaform™ 3D Scaffold has a unique, three-dimensional structure that fits the breast’s natural shape. That way, it’s easy to insert during surgery, minimizing your surgery time.

How Does Galatea Scaffold Work?

During a breast surgery procedure, Dr. Howland implants the Galatea scaffold to reinforce and support the soft tissues during recovery. It’s this structure that will form the basis for the healing process after surgery. In particular, the Galatea scaffold has pores that create the right platform for cells to collect and produce collagen. The new collagen, coupled with ample blood supply from the surrounding blood vessels, promotes tissue regeneration. Afterward, the Galatea scaffold is absorbed naturally into the body. In its place, new tissue forms that’s up to five times stronger.

How Long Does It Take for A Galatea Scaffold to Naturally Absorb?

The Galatea scaffold goes through a hydrolysis phase that can take between 18 to 24 months. During this time, the body uses water to break down the scaffold material. Once broken down, the tiny particles are absorbed into the body. The result is water and carbon dioxide, with no trace of the content in the human body.

Why Should I Consider Soft Tissue Reinforcement?

Research shows that up to 40% of former breast surgery patients experience sagging or drooping within the first three years of having surgery. Soft tissue reinforcement is an excellent way to ensure against this. Also, this can be an effective way to treat ptosis, or significant breast sagging. Your plastic surgeon can discuss your options during your breast surgery consultation.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more is by meeting with Dr. Howland to discuss your options. We invite you to schedule your consultation at our Murray office by calling or filling out our online form.