If you are having a mastectomy, when to have breast reconstruction may be the last thing on your mind. However, the timing of your breast reconstruction procedure will ultimately impact the appearance of your reconstructed breast. Our Denver plastic surgeons will be happy to work with your general surgeon to help you determine if reconstruction should happen in conjunction with your mastectomy or at some point in the future.
Understanding Your Options
When breast reconstruction is performed at the same time as your mastectomy it is often easier to preserve a majority of the natural breast tissue envelope. This can result in a more natural look with less visible scarring and may be preferable when it is possible.
If you choose to wait or if your stage of cancer prevents immediate reconstruction you may experience more scarring with your procedure. Our Denver breast reconstruction surgeons offer advanced techniques and utilize state-of-the-art technology to help reduce scarring, but it will be impossible to completely avoid it, even with immediate reconstruction.
It is important to remember that breast reconstruction restores symmetry and balance to the body, but cannot produce an appearance identical to your natural breasts. This, along with when it will be best to have reconstruction, will be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation. Our Before & After Gallery includes photos of women who have elected both immediate and delayed reconstruction.
If you would like more information about breast reconstruction, please contact Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule an initial consultation.