Minor procedures are almost always necessary after breast reconstruction surgery to achieve the most natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing result. These secondary surgeries and techniques are a normal part of the overall breast reconstruction process here at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery. Our board-certified plastic surgeons also use many of these same methods to improve an unsatisfactory reconstruction performed elsewhere.
Pursuing revision procedures and techniques doesn’t mean that something has gone wrong with your reconstruction. Rather, these are optional adjustments done to provide the best-possible breast shape, contour, volume, and appearance. Our surgeons are committed to achieving your goals for reconstruction through revision.
To learn more about breast revision and shaping procedures, call 303-706-1100 to schedule a consultation. We serve patients from Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado, and across the country.
Breast Shaping Surgeries
The term breast shaping refers to procedures and techniques that help achieve ideal breast shape and size after reconstruction. Our surgeons can use these methods to adjust one or both reconstructed breasts, as well as the non-cancer breast in women who choose to undergo a unilateral (one-sided) breast reconstruction.
Breast shaping adjustments commonly include:
- Breast lift
- Breast reduction
- Fat grafting
- Placing a breast implant
Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Christopher Williams often use fat grafting to provide optimal reconstructive results. With this method, fat from elsewhere on your body is used to shape your breast contours and enhance breast symmetry. Fat grafting can help soften the edges around the implant, if needed, and can also fill contour defects that may appear during the settling process.
When fat grafting is used for breast shaping surgeries, the patient’s own fat is harvested by liposuction techniques from donor areas such as the abdomen, flanks, and thighs. Fat grafting is usually an outpatient procedure and often takes place at our state-licensed, The Joint Commission-accredited facility Park Meadows Outpatient Surgery.
For the increasing number of women who receive a nipple-sparing mastectomy, nipple reconstruction won’t be a concern. However, you may have undergone a mastectomy that involved removing the nipple. In that case, reconstructing it is a relatively simple process that can help you feel complete and improve your satisfaction with your results.
Nipple reconstruction often follows implant-based or autologous tissue-based breast reconstruction. One of the main techniques involves using your own tissue to create a mound that looks like a nipple.
Oftentimes, this tissue comes from the reconstructed breast itself. The nipple will not have sensitivity like your nipples did before, but many women feel better about their final breast reconstruction results when they have a visible nipple.
Areola pigmentation, sometimes called "nipple tattooing," is often the final step of the breast reconstruction process. It involves carefully and methodically recreating the appearance of the nipple-areola complex by placing medical-grade pigments under the skin with tattooing instruments.
Nipple tattooing is completed no sooner than three months after nipple reconstruction to allow the latest incisions to heal properly. Our physicians and nurses have specialized training for this tattooing procedure. We offer a wide spectrum of shades and colors to create the result you desire.
Areola pigmentation is done under local anesthesia, meaning you can drive yourself to and from our practice for your appointment. As with any tattoo, the pigments will tend to fade with time, and acquiring the precise shade may require more than one pigmentation (tattoo) procedure.
This final phase of reconstruction often serves to transform the reconstruction into a breast that is truly your breast. This enables many survivors to lay their cancer burden down and move forward in life with restored femininity.
Contact Our Denver Breast Surgeons to Learn More
Find out which of these procedures and techniques may be right for you by scheduling a consultation at 303-706-1100. The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery serves patients from Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado, and across the country.