All types of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction may require the use of a tissue expander, which is ultimately used to prepare the body for the final reconstruction. The expander is placed beneath the chest wall and stretches the skin and muscle over time to create space for an implant or flap. Patients visit our office in Lone Tree where saline is added to the expander using a magnetic port. The patient can control the size of the expander, and thus breast size, as saline is added weekly. Once the patient has reached the desired breast size and all chemotherapy and radiation are complete, the final reconstruction can take place. During the reconstruction, the tissue expander is removed and an implant or tissue is placed inside the newly-created space.
For more information about breast reconstruction, contact The Breast Center at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at (720) 457-4461.
If you have any questions regarding breast reconstruction surgery and would like help deciding which approach is best for you, please contact The Breast Center at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons.