After undergoing a mastectomy necessitated by breast cancer, women in the Denver area often look to board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Mouchantat to learn more about their breast reconstruction options and choose him to help them on the road to recovery.
A breast reconstruction surgery can:
- Recreate your breasts using implants or your natural tissues
- Correct a loss of breast contour, shape or volume
What Is Breast Reconstruction?
As an integral part of breast cancer treatment, breast reconstruction takes place after a mastectomy or lumpectomy has been performed. Breast reconstruction can happen immediately following the mastectomy or may be put off until a later time. Rather than one surgery, the reconstructive process may take place over several surgeries, sometimes beginning with tissue expansion procedures.
In order to move forward with a breast reconstruction, your cancer must be fully eradicated and you must be mentally prepared to undergo surgery and understand the benefits and risks that accompany it.
When you consult with Dr. Mouchantat, he will outline your breast reconstruction options, which include the insertion of implants or one of several flap procedures that utilize your own tissues.
The Breast Reconstruction Procedures
If you choose implant based reconstruction, some patients will be eligible for direct to the final implant reconstruction and some will require a tissue expander to make room for their final implant. Dr. Mouchantat is experienced with the latest generations of anatomically shaped implants.
Your other breast reconstruction options all utilize tissue from your own body to recreate the breasts. The technique that is right for you will depend on your body and your medical history, among other factors.
The latissimus flap procedure uses muscle and skin from the back to shape the reconstructed breast along with an implant. The latissimus flap is often indicated for matching the shape of a natural breast on the other side or to help when radiation is needed.
Other microsurgical breast reconstruction techniques include the SGAP, SIAE, and DIEP technique, which are similar to the TRAM technique, but vary with the location of the tissue source and blood supply for the graft.
Breast Reconstruction Aftercare
Following your surgery, you will likely experience pain and exhaustion for one to two weeks and may be prescribed medication to manage discomfort. Your sutures will be hidden inside the skin and resorbable. You will likely have drains to assist your tissues in healing and remove excess fluid.
Learn More About Breast Reconstruction in Denver
To find out more about how Dr. Richard Mouchantat can help you with breast reconstruction, we encourage you to call his Denver plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation. You can also use the online contact form to send an email. Service areas include: Denver, Lakewood, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Arvada, Parker, Aurora, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Thornton, Wheat Ridge, Ken Caryl, Boulder & Westminster Colorado.