One approach to reconstructing the breasts after mastectomy is to use either saline or silicone breast implants. Implant-based breast reconstruction may be the right way for you to restore the appearance of your breasts after cancer surgery, but the only way to know for sure is to visit our experienced plastic surgeons for an individualized consultation.
If you do choose breast reconstruction with breast implants, then there are a couple ways the process can go. You may be a good candidate for something called direct-to-implant breast reconstruction, in which the breast implants can be placed during the same surgery as the mastectomy. Not everyone is a good candidate for this technique, but our plastic surgeons can work with your oncologist and general surgeon to determine if you are a candidate.
Other implant-based reconstructions are performed in phases. At the same time as your mastectomy, the first stage of reconstructive surgery is to then place a tissue expander beneath your chest muscle. These expanders create a pocket in which the implants will be placed, which is the second phase of treatment. In the final phase, we will finalize the results of your breast reconstruction by discussing your nipple reconstruction options, and possibly by using fat grafting to smooth out any contour or fullness irregularities.
The only way to know which reconstructive breast procedures you are a good candidate for is to visit an experienced plastic surgeon, like our surgeons Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Christopher Willams.
If you are searching for an experienced breast reconstruction surgeon in Colorado, please contact The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.