After mastectomy surgery, it is important to allow yourself adequate time to heal. Your surgeon will send you home with specific guidelines to follow, but these tips can serve as reminders to aid your recovery at home.Get plenty of rest. You have been through a major ordeal with your diagnosis and surgery and may be starting chemo soon. It is normal to feel fatigued. Allow yourself time to rest for the first few weeks after surgery. Take pain medication. You don’t have to “tough it out.” Your doctor prescribed pain medication to ease your discomfort. You may feel a mixture of numbness and pain. Take your prescribed medication... Read More
One of the decisions you will need to make when considering your breast reconstruction options is whether you want breast implants or a natural tissue reconstruction. Each option has benefits and risks to consider. In consultation with one of our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons, you can fully explore your options to make an informed decision that is right for you and your body.Autologous Tissue Reconstruction
Reconstruction using your own body’s tissue is the right choice for many women. It can help you achieve more natural, long-lasting results. However, you will have surgical scarring on the donor area of...Read More
Understanding what to expect at every step of your surgery and treatment can help you feel more at ease with the process and more confident in the decisions you are making for breast reconstruction.
Mastectomy surgery generally takes three to five hours if you have reconstruction at the same time. After surgery, you will be moved to recovery where you will be closely monitored. You will wake up with steri-strips over the incisions and two to four surgical drains to collect excess fluid. Before you are discharged from the hospital, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your bandage and surgical drains during...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More