November 24, 2014

Following a mastectomy, you may be interested in breast reconstruction surgery. If you are, you will certainly want to find a reputable breast reconstruction surgeon that serves patients in your area. If you are located in Colorado or surrounding areas, The Breast Center at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery is here to help.

Before you decide on a breast reconstruction surgeon, make sure to meet with him or her and ask questions. Following are examples of important questions to ask:

Do you recommend breast reconstruction to everyone who comes to see you - is it something that has to be done? Is the breast reconstruction process... Read More
November 21, 2014

For many patients, the recovery from breast reconstruction can last several weeks altogether. The exact nature of the recovery can vary because there are multiple surgical techniques that can be used. Our experienced breast reconstruction surgeons will make sure you know what to expect from the recovery so you can make important decisions about the procedure.

The most common complaints after breast reconstruction surgery are feeling extremely tired and feeling sore, especially during the tissue expansion phas. However, our plastic surgeons may prescribe pain medication that will help you through the recovery process if necessary,...

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October 21, 2014

The BRA Day USA organization and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has created a downloadable guide to help breast reconstruction patients plan their recovery. The planner is assembled from tips from plastic surgeons who have cared for breast reconstruction patients, as well as from the patients themselves. It includes a variety of helpful and insightful pointers, such as:

Assembling a "home team" of friends, family and caregivers to help you out during your recovery. What "pre-surgery primping" is okay to do before your procedure, such as shaving. The planner points out many of these primping activities may be difficult to... Read More
October 10, 2014

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer? It is the second most common type of cancer in women after skin cancer. Part of the reason National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so important is because it is a time to remind women of the importance of early detection. It's also an important time to circulate information about cancer treatments, resources, recovery and reconstructive breast surgery options. The US government's Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers the following information:

Talk to your doctor if you have a family history of... Read More
October 01, 2014

Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery is proud to announce it will be hosting a third annual event in honor of the National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day) on Wednesday, October 15. BRA Day is celebrated on the third Wednesday in October, and is a day dedicated to promote information and awareness regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Research has shown that not all women are made aware of their breast reconstruction options at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis. We have the power to close that loop through awareness efforts!

At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery’s celeBRAtion event, patients will share...

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September 29, 2014

The DIEP flap (deep inferior epigastric perforator) is a tissue flap of skin, blood vessels and fat that can be harvested from your abdomen and moved to your chest to reconstruct the breasts following mastectomy. This form of reconstructive breast surgery is known as an autologous tissue method, as opposed to breast reconstruction using saline or silicone breast implants.

For the right candidate, the DIEP flap method has several advantages, including:

Uses your own natural tissue. No artificial material is used. Avoids any risks that would be associated with breast implants. Has a tummy tuck-like effect on the abdominal area by... Read More
September 24, 2014

National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is October 15, 2014. An annual event, BRA Day exists to promote education and raise awareness about breast reconstruction. Many women in this country are not aware of their options following mastectomy, and they do not have access to the information they need to know what their options are. To further the goals of BRA Day, plastic surgery clinics and various organizations and groups across the country will host a variety of breast reconstruction related events on October 15.

 If you are a woman who has undergone mastectomy, or if you are the family or friend of a breast cancer survivor,...

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August 29, 2014

If you are a candidate for breast reconstruction surgery using implants, you may be asked by your physician to decide whether you prefer saline or silicone breast implants. Both types have been determined to be safe for implantation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

During a consultation with one of our experienced reconstructive breast surgeons, you can learn about each type's characteristics, such as:

For saline implants, the cost is often less expensive than the silicone variety. One downside is that some women find that saline implants have a slightly less natural look and feel than silicone gel.

For...

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August 21, 2014

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...

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July 23, 2014

An MRI may more accurately diagnose a ruptured silicone breast implant after breast reconstruction compared to an ultrasound. This finding comes from a study published in this month's issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Researchers say ultrasound should still be used for screening and follow-up if you've had silicone implant-based breast reconstruction, but that an MRI may be helpful in making the final diagnosis.

Noting the high cost of MRI, the researchers concluded that it would be best to use ultrasound to regularly screen for implant rupture. If the ultrasound shows some sign, or if you are experiencing symptoms of a...

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