Breast Reconstruction in Denver, CO

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What is Breast Reconstruction?

Women pursue breast reconstruction after their cancer diagnosis for a variety of personal reasons. At Peak Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Barker strives to provide each patient pursuing breast reconstruction with an individualized surgical plan while working with their breast oncology team in order to obtain optimal results. After a referral from your breast surgical oncologist, each patient will meet with Dr. Barker to discuss the surgical plan and address what reconstructive needs will be necessary. There are a variety of techniques that will be offered to obtain desired outcomes. However, this will greatly differ between each patient due to the complex nature of breast cancer reconstruction. Dr. Barker will work with you, your breast surgeon, and the oncology team to decide what appropriate technique will be utilized. Whether the appropriate surgery is a staged approach, direct to implant at the initial surgery, skin sparring, or nipple sparring technique, we will ensure you are comfortable and well informed. At Peak Plastic Surgery Center, our ultimate goal is not only to restore a natural appearance to the breast but also to provide emotional support throughout their treatment plan. We understand that this can be a very difficult time for you and your support system. We want to ensure breast reconstruction is as easy and stress-free as possible. Learn more by contacting us in Denver, CO, to schedule your initial consultation.

How does breast REconstruction work?

Breast reconstruction surgery is performed in various steps. During certain phases (such as creating a flap, tissue expansion, or placing implants), general anesthesia is typically used. Some patients may require to stay overnight — this is dependent on the actual treatment phase. When the last step is completed in the breast reconstruction process, you should wear a compression bra for the chest, and you may be prescribed medication by Dr. Barker to help control swelling, bleeding, and discomfort. In time, the breast(s) will appear normal — so you can feel more confident. Regular checks with breast exams and mammograms are essential and highly recommended for long-term health.

What can I expect after breast reconstruction?

There are various elements to post-operative care of a breast reconstruction procedure. The following are a few aftercare instructions and information you should know.

  • Incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with a small sterile surgical dressing.
  • Patients may require an inpatient hospital stay pending the type of surgery performed.
  • Drains will also be utilized during the first stage of the operation. Removal is dependent on individual drain output. Patients will receive instruction on drain management prior to discharge.
  • The patient will be placed in a no-wire surgical bra, which will be recommended for the first six weeks of recovery.
  • The patient will be permitted to shower after drain removal and/or 48 hours after surgery if no drains are placed.
  • Pain control will be determined on an individual patient basis, as it is highly variable based upon the surgical plan.
  • Breast discomfort is to be expected after surgery. Each patient's recovery will be largely dependent on the type of resection and reconstruction performed.
  • Patients will continue to avoid strenuous activity for the first six weeks following surgery. Patients are usually cleared for full activity without restrictions after three months.
  • Swelling is expected during the first 2 – 3 months after surgery and typically resolves in six months.

Reclaim Your Confidence

While the process of breast reconstruction can be lengthy, it is probably one of the most beneficial surgeries for our Denver, CO patients at Peak Plastic Surgery. It can help improve the physical and emotional impact of a mastectomy while also allowing you to reclaim your self-confidence and figure. If you have breast cancer, have had an injury to the chest, or have a congenital defect that affects the shape of your breasts, we invite you to contact our Denver office and make your consultation with Dr. Barker.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.