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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November 14, 2016

You may have heard of "gummy bear" or "form stable" breast implants. While other types of silicone implants contain gel with a consistency similar to honey, form stable implants are firmer. They are similar to a gummy bear. They maintain their shape, and the gel does not run or flow. In terms of a final result, form stable breast implants are much less likely to cause visible rippling or folding. And they still look and feel like natural breast tissue.

A recent study has found that Allergan 410 anatomical implants (the highly cohesive implants discussed above) provided the study participants and their surgeons with a high...

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October 26, 2016

Some women are good candidates for a one-stage, immediate breast reconstruction. In this technique, the reconstruction is started the same day as your mastectomy. Both the immediate and the delayed approach can use either breast implants or tissue flaps to reconstruct the breasts.

A new study suggests immediate breast reconstruction may spare a breast cancer patient from "psychosocial distress, poor body image and diminished sexual well-being" compared to a woman who waits to undergo reconstruction down the road – sometimes years down the road.

A Closer Look at the Research

It included 106 breast cancer patients. All...

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October 10, 2016

Many women can beat breast cancer, particularly when it is detected and treated in the early stages. And that is one of the reasons why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so crucial. October is set aside as a reminder to all of us to raise awareness of the importance of screening and early detection. Consider these facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

200,000 women get breast cancer in the US each year, and 40,000 women die from the disease each year About 1 in 8 women born today in the US will get breast cancer at some point Less than 1 percent of breast cancers affect men, but it is possible You can be... Read More