Breast Cancer Reconstruction

Breast cancer reconstruction is a surgical procedure performed to rebuild a breast that has been removed due to cancer. It aims to restore the breast's appearance, shape, and symmetry, helping women regain their confidence and sense of femininity after mastectomy. Reconstruction can be achieved using implants or natural tissue flaps from other body parts. It's often performed in conjunction with mastectomy or as a separate procedure after cancer treatment to improve both physical and emotional well-being.

Over a Decade of Experience with Breast Cancer Patients

Breast reconstruction is a transformative procedure aimed at restoring the natural contour of one or both breasts following mastectomy or lumpectomy, fostering both physical and emotional healing. Leveraging over a decade of dedicated work with breast cancer patients, our plastic surgeon in Denver, CO, specializes in guiding individuals through this journey. By attentively listening to your hopes and desires, Dr. Aycock ensures you are empowered to make well-informed decisions tailored to your unique needs, providing comprehensive support throughout your breast cancer treatment and recovery process.

DIEP Flap Reconstruction

DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap reconstruction is a sophisticated surgical technique employed in breast cancer surgery to reconstruct the breast after mastectomy. Unlike traditional methods, DIEP flap reconstruction preserves abdominal muscle by utilizing only skin, fat, and blood vessels from the lower abdomen.

The procedure involves meticulously disconnecting and relocating these tissues to the chest area, creating a natural-looking breast mound. Because no muscle is sacrificed, patients typically experience improved abdominal strength and decreased risk of complications like hernias. Moreover, using one's tissue minimizes the risk of implant rejection or allergic reactions.

Though it requires longer surgery time and a more extensive recovery period compared to other methods, DIEP flap reconstruction can provide patients with a durable, aesthetically pleasing solution that enhances both physical and emotional well-being, promoting confidence and satisfaction in their breast cancer journey.

Implant Reconstruction

Implant reconstruction is a common method utilized in breast cancer reconstruction in Denver, providing women with a synthetic replacement to their lost natural breast tissue following mastectomy. This technique involves surgically placing silicone or saline implants beneath the chest muscle or directly under the skin to recreate breast volume.

Implant reconstruction is a relatively shorter surgical procedure and requires a shorter recovery period compared to autologous tissue reconstruction methods like DIEP flap surgery. However, maintenance or adjustments may require additional surgeries over time. While implants provide immediate breast reconstruction, they may not offer the same natural look and feel as autologous tissue reconstruction. Patients considering implant reconstruction should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast cancer reconstruction to determine the most suitable option for their individual needs and preferences.

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Oncoplastic Reconstruction

Oncoplastic reconstruction is a surgical approach utilized in breast cancer treatment to achieve both tumor removal and aesthetic breast reshaping simultaneously. This technique combines oncologic principles with plastic surgery techniques to preserve breast shape and symmetry following partial mastectomy. By removing cancerous tissue while strategically rearranging remaining breast tissue, oncoplastic reconstruction aims to minimize deformity and optimize cosmetic outcomes. This approach is, for patients, a comprehensive solution that facilitates cancer treatment and addresses aesthetic concerns. Call us to learn more.

Revision of Reconstruction

Revision of reconstruction refers to surgical adjustments made to correct issues or enhance outcomes following initial breast reconstruction. This may involve modifying implant size or position, refining tissue flaps, or addressing asymmetry. Revision procedures aim to improve aesthetic results, restore natural breast contour, and enhance patient satisfaction. By allowing tailored adjustments, revision surgery ensures that breast reconstruction aligns with patients' evolving needs and desires, optimizing their overall outcomes and well-being.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Women who have undergone mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer or those at high risk of developing breast cancer are potential candidates for breast cancer reconstruction. It's essential to discuss reconstruction options with your healthcare team to determine candidacy based on individual factors.

Yes, breast cancer reconstruction can be performed immediately after mastectomy in a procedure known as immediate reconstruction. This approach offers the advantage of a single surgical recovery and could provide psychological benefits by minimizing the appearance of breast loss.

Breast cancer reconstruction typically does not interfere with cancer monitoring or detection methods such as mammography, ultrasound, or MRI. However, additional imaging techniques or specialized views may be necessary to ensure optimal breast health monitoring.

Yes, breast cancer reconstruction can include the creation of a new nipple and areola complex (NAC) using surgical techniques or tattooing. This helps achieve a more natural-looking breast appearance and enhances overall symmetry.

While breast cancer reconstruction involves incisions that result in scars, plastic surgeons employ techniques to minimize scarring and ensure optimal wound healing. Scars typically fade over time and can be concealed beneath clothing.

"Each woman has a different ideal and her own individual anatomy. I listen to you and your body to find options for beautiful and natural results."
- Joyce Aycock, MD

Whether you're considering immediate reconstruction following mastectomy or seeking revision surgery, we're here to support you every step of the way. Visit Joyce Aycock MD, at 36 Steele Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80206, or call (720) 634-7400 to learn more about your options and begin your journey toward reclaiming your sense of wholeness and femininity.

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