May 22, 2017

A recent study indicates that many women with breast cancer are not equipped with the knowledge to make decisions that are in line with their preferences. The author of the study, Dr. Clara Lee of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, stated that only 43 percent of the women surveyed had adequate knowledge to obtain treatment that fit their preferences.

The key to making an informed decision about your breast reconstruction is fully understanding your options. The first step is to take a deep breath and realize that you can get through this. The emotions and amount of information you need to process can sometimes...

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May 02, 2017

A bilateral mastectomy is the removal of both breasts and is performed when a woman is diagnosed with cancer in both breasts or in only one breast and she chooses to undergo a bilateral mastectomy to remove both breasts.

Rates of bilateral mastectomies are on the rise for women with cancer in one breast. In a five year period in the last decade, the rate of bilateral mastectomies more than doubled.

One of the reasons for the rise in bilateral mastectomies may simply be peace of mind because women fear developing cancer in the healthy breast. Others may wish to have both breasts reconstructed at the same time for a more...

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April 25, 2017

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are facing a mastectomy, you will undoubtedly begin thinking about your breast reconstruction options. It is important to understand what options are available and that there is no right choice when it comes to breast reconstruction, only the choice that is right for you.

Immediate vs Delayed Reconstruction

You can choose to undergo breast reconstruction immediately after a mastectomy. This allows preservation of breast skin and can provide natural looking results without the need to wait for reconstruction. In immediate reconstruction, an implant is placed or flap reconstruction is...

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March 29, 2017

According to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast reconstruction procedures increased 3 percent last year compared to the previous year:

2016: 109,256 2015: 106,338

These numbers reflect only those breast reconstructions performed by plastic surgeons who are members of ASPS. The actual number of all breast reconstructions performed in the US last year is probably even higher.

Furthermore, the ASPS reports a 39 percent increase in breast reconstructions since the year 2000. In 2016, there were 18,778 breast implant removal procedures among reconstructive patients, which was a 5...

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March 24, 2017

The decision to undergo reconstructive surgery following breast cancer is a very personal one. The plastic surgeons at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery provide all of the information, answers and guidance you need to decide what is right for you.

Here are four things to think about as you consider your options:

1. Seek out information about your reconstruction options early. Depending on where you are in the breast cancer treatment process, you may not be ready to discuss reconstruction yet – it's a personal decision. If you do feel ready to discuss your options, doing so early may provide more options. For...

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January 30, 2017

Your own natural fat cells can serve an important function as a way to pad and add volume beneath the skin. For breast reconstruction specifically, fat grafts can ultimately be useful in several ways, specifically in the final phases of the reconstruction, when some fine-tuning may be recommended.

Fat can be used to:

Make the volume and appearance of each breast more symmetrical to the other Smooth any deformity or irregularity in the contour of the breasts

The great thing about this technique is that it uses your own fat cells. Using liposuction, one of our plastic surgeons will remove fat cells from an area where...

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January 19, 2017

There is a lot of information out there about breast reconstruction. As a woman considering the procedure, you deserve clear, accurate and thorough guidance as you decide what is right for you. The plastic surgeons at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery have many years' worth of experience in reconstructive breast surgery, and they can provide all the answers you need. To schedule a consultation, please call our team in Denver at (720) 457-4461.

1. A tissue expander will most likely need to be placed prior to breast implant placement.

The muscles and skin are gently stretched over a few months or so, to...

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December 21, 2016

As you decide whether breast reconstruction is right for you, one of the deciding factors may be the longevity of the results. Overall, your breast reconstruction is long-lasting. Many women continue to be happy with their original results for decades.

Both breast implants and skin flaps last a long time.

Longevity of breast implants: Breast implants come with lifetime warranties and are generally very durable devices. Most women with implants can keep those implants for decades without problems, although some patients decide to change the size or type at some point down the road. Although they are quite durable, it's... Read More
December 14, 2016

For some women, a breast implant-based breast reconstruction is not an ideal option. Some women prefer a reconstructive procedure that uses only natural tissue, in which case a flap-based technique is ideal. You may also hear the technique referred to as "autologous tissue flap" reconstruction. It uses a section of your own tissue to re-create the breast mound.

To see real-world examples of flap reconstruction results, please visit our before-and-after gallery.

The flap of skin and fat – and muscle, in some cases – is taken from a certain area of your body, often the abdomen or back. There are various types of flaps...

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November 28, 2016

Recently published findings show that, at least in one study, older women do not necessarily run a higher risk of breast reconstruction complications after mastectomy than younger women. This particular study included over 1,500 women.

Before getting into the findings in more detail, we want to remind every woman of the importance of a one-on-one consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Our plastic surgeons in the Denver area are personally committed to finding the solutions that work best for each individual. We want to learn about you, your goals and your health history, so that we can make...

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