There are several types of breast reconstruction techniques aimed at conserving the breast. These techniques allow our plastic surgeons to restore the breasts at the time of mastectomy or lumpectomy and require coordination between the general surgeon and plastic surgeon.
To learn more about how our experienced plastic surgeons perform breast conservation techniques using oncoplastic breast surgery in the Lone Tree, greater Denver area, please call The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at 303-706-1100.
How Breast Conservation Techniques Are Performed
Breast conservation techniques use breast reconstruction techniques to improve the breast distortion caused by tumor removal. Techniques that may be used in oncoplastic breast surgery include:
- Breast reduction
- Breast lift
- Fat grafting
These techniques allow you to get the cancer surgery you need while minimizing distortion to breast size, shape and overall appearance. Instead of waiting months to have your breasts reconstructed after cancer surgery, our plastic surgeons can provide immediate breast reconstruction and can limit the negative aesthetic impact of a lumpectomy.
Breast Conservation Techniques and Advantages
Breast conservation techniques can mitigate some of the body image and self-esteem issues that can follow lumpectomy, such as:
- Asymmetry between the breasts
- Divots or depressions in the breast
- Distortions in breast shape and contour
A lumpectomy often causes your breasts to be dramatically different sizes. By using breast reduction or breast lift techniques, our plastic surgeons can make your other breast the same size and shape as the breast that has been operated on, thus creating a more symmetrical appearance.
Our plastic surgeons can fill in the lost volume of the depression left by removing the tumor. Many women feel devastated by this hollow, and fat grafting can be a very effective way of adding volume and fullness to the divot. Using liposuction, fat is removed from an area such as your abdomen and injected into your breast to fill in the depression caused by lumpectomy. Fat grafting has the added benefit of slimming down an area of excess fat.
These breast conservation techniques are performed before radiation, assuming radiation is part of your treatment plan. Radiation therapy makes it very difficult for your skin to heal, so incisions often do not heal well after radiation. With breast conservation, restoring the breast is accomplished before radiation.
To find out more about breast reconstruction and conservation techniques in the greater Denver area, please contact The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery online or call 303-706-1100 to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.