Some women are good candidates for breast reconstruction performed at the same time as mastectomy. This procedure is known as the direct to implant technique. Silicone and saline breast implants are both options for this procedure. To learn more, please call The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at (720) 457-4461.
Single-Stage Reconstruction with Breast Implants
The single-stage procedure has no tissue expansion phase. In other types of implant-based breast reconstruction, tissue expanders are placed within the breasts, where they remain for several weeks in order to stretch the skin. Once the skin is adequately expanded, our plastic surgeons place the breast implants. But in a single-stage procedure, the tissues do not need to be expanded. A few of the benefits of this approach include the following:
- Fewer office visits
- More rapid return to all of your normal activities
- Provides an immediate return to a positive body image
Your breast implants will be placed in the same surgery in which your cancer is removed. After your cancer surgeon performs the mastectomy, our board-certified plastic surgeons will place the implants. Upon the conclusion of the operation, you will have a restored body without the discomfort of spending any time with altered breasts.
Choosing Your Mastectomy
In consultation with your cancer surgeon, and depending on the specifics of your cancer diagnosis, you may be able to choose one of the following types of mastectomies:
- Skin-sparing mastectomy
- Nipple-sparing mastectomy
The advantage of a nipple-sparing mastectomy is that your reconstruction is finalized in one procedure. If you are not a good candidate for this type of mastectomy, then you will come back for another surgical appointment to reconstruct the appearance of a nipple and areola.
Am I a Candidate for Single-Stage Breast Reconstruction?
Visit our experienced plastic surgeons to find out if you are a good candidate for single-stage breast reconstruction. During your consultation, they will make sure you are fully informed of all of your options, as well as the pros and cons associated with each.
Generally, under the following conditions, you may be a good candidate for a single-stage breast reconstruction:
- Relatively small breasts with tissue that does not require expansion
- Relatively small breasted without a desire to increase breast size
- No history of radiation to the breast or chest wall
Many of the women who choose this reconstruction technique fall into one of the following categories:
- First-time breast cancer diagnosis
- Placed at a high risk for developing breast cancer because of a BRCA positive diagnosis
Direct to implant reconstruction can also be a good option for women who have chosen a prophylactic mastectomy.
To find out if you are a good candidate for direct to implant, single-stage breast reconstruction, please call The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at (720) 457-4461. Experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Christopher Williams are proud to serve women from across Colorado, including the Denver and Lone Tree areas.