January 19, 2016

Breast reconstruction is performed at a variety of hospitals, community hospitals and university-affiliated hospitals. The findings of a recently published study show many women are having to travel far distances to have breast reconstruction after mastectomy, particularly at university-affiliated hospitals that are centered in metropolitan areas.

The researchers concluded that "geography is a key contributor to unequal healthcare access." Consider the findings:

10 percent of women in the study traveled to community hospitals for reconstructions 20 percent traveled to comprehensive community hospitals 26 percent... Read More
December 15, 2015

Nipple reconstruction is a third-stage option in the breast reconstruction process for both implant-based reconstruction and autologous reconstruction.

Options for Nipple Reconstruction

Nipple reconstruction is usually part of the final breast shaping surgery that is performed after the breast reconstruction is completed. Some patients choose to have nipple reconstruction performed separately, under local anesthesia. Nipple reconstruction options generally center on the type of reconstruction and aesthetic goals of the patient.

Nipple Reconstruction Options:  Your post-mastectomy surgeon will help you decide which option... Read More
December 15, 2015

A finalizing option in breast reconstructive surgery is the re-creation of the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple). Areola pigmentation is sometimes called “nipple tattooing,” but there are other methods for re-creating the areola. Even if your breast reconstructive surgery is completed elsewhere, the staff at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery is pleased to offer areola pigmentation if you decide it is right for you.

Areola Pigmentation Offers Benefits

Areola pigmentation is performed on an out-patient basis, after all previous reconstruction is complete and you have had some time to heal. There are many...

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November 19, 2015

If you've been researching breast reconstruction, you may have learned about tissue expanders. These are very similar to breast implants, but have a thicker shell and are filled in increments over time to expand the skin on your breasts.

The tissue expander is typically placed in the first phase of breast reconstruction, as the general surgeon completes the mastectomy. It's placed beneath the chest wall, and filled through a port on the front. The device gently stretches your skin and chest muscle over time, creating a pocket in which our plastic surgeons can place breast implants. At The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery...

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November 12, 2015

We've blogged before about celebrity chef Sandra Lee, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this past March. She received a double mastectomy in May, according to people.com. People Magazine says Ms. Lee had to undergo an additional surgery this past August to treat a post-op infection. Now, she has told People that she's waiting until after the Super Bowl to undergo breast reconstruction. She lightheartedly said that her dedication to football was part of the reason to wait until after the annual NFL championship game in February.

Since her diagnosis, Ms. Lee has been an outspoken advocate for early detection. She recently penned...

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October 20, 2015

Delaware Online recently published the story of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman who has filmed her breast reconstruction procedure, which has involved traveling a long road since her initial diagnosis in 1997. She had a lumpectomy and radiation, which resulted in her living free of cancer for a decade. But she opted for a double mastectomy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer a second time, in 2008.

Eileen Edmunds was 31 when she received a breast cancer diagnosis. For over 6 years, she lived without a reconstructed left breast. Her right breast was eventually reconstructed with a silicone breast implant. Because of various...

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October 12, 2015

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day – or BRA Day – is an annual event to raise awareness about important breast reconstruction issues. It falls on October 21 this year. If you received a diagnosis of breast cancer, you should be informed of your breast reconstruction options, and referred to a reconstructive breast surgeon for more information. This reconstructive portion is often left out of the process of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that 7 out of 10 women do not know about their breast reconstruction options after a mastectomy.

As a woman facing a breast cancer...

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September 25, 2015

Last month, the plastic surgeons at The Breast Center of Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery performed their 500th DIEP flap procedure. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Christopher Williams and Dr. Jeremy Williams are proud to be able to offer this advanced breast reconstruction procedure to women from across Colorado.

DIEP flap breast reconstruction is one of the "autologous tissue" methods of reconstructing the breasts. These methods use your own tissue to re-create the breast mound, instead of using breast implants. The DIEP flap is a flap of skin, fat and blood vessels harvested from the abdomen.

If you are a good...

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September 22, 2015

With chilly morning temps likely in Denver on Sunday, September 27, the team at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery wants to help you warm up at the Komen Colorado Race for the Cure® with a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Stop by the Survivor Village for your beverage!

Not only will we be handing out hot cocoa, our team and plastic surgeons will be happy to answer any questions you may have about breast reconstruction and related issues. At The Breast Center of Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, we believe firmly that each woman who comes to us for a consultation should know all of her options, as well as the pros and cons of each. We...

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September 17, 2015

Planning on participating in the Race for the Cure on Sunday, September 27 in Denver? If so, make sure you stop by our booth in the Survivor Village and say hello! We will be handing out hot chocolate and promoting our Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA Day) Event, too!