Des Moines Breast Reconstruction Using Implants Surgeons

Have you undergone a mastectomy? Are you considering breast reconstruction? If so, the Des Moines breast reconstruction using implants surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery are ready to help you restore the natural shape of your body and help restore your confidence in your appearance.

Used as both an effective method of treating and preventing breast cancer, a mastectomy is an operation to remove one or both of the breasts. Across the United States, mastectomies have become more common. In fact, data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shows that while the rate of breast cancer has remained constant, the number of women choosing to undergo a mastectomy increased by 36% between 2005 and 2013. These operations are particularly common in women who have a family history of breast cancer.

Breast reconstruction is extremely effective in reconstructing and restoring the natural shape of your breasts. There are several types of implants that can be used, and the surgery can be done either at the same time as your mastectomy or, if you prefer, at a later time after your surgery.

Facing the reality of breast cancer can be overwhelming for you and your family. Whether you’ve been diagnosed or have a genetic disposition to developing breast cancer, your life is forever altered. Fortunately, you can restore the look and feel of your breasts through breast reconstruction using implants. At Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery, we are committed to working with you, hearing your story, and helping you regain your confidence and the natural shape of your breasts. To learn more about your options and to answer any questions you have, contact the Des Moines reconstructive surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery today by calling (515) 222-1111.

What Are the Different Types of Implants?

When it comes to reconstructing your breasts using implants, there are a few different options. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon can help you make the right decision for your body and life. Implants have a flexible silicone outer shell containing one of the following materials:

  • Saline: This type of implant has been used the longest in breast reconstruction surgeries and is filled with sterile salt water.
  • Silicone Gel: This implant is filled with silicone gel and typically has a feel that more closely resembles breast tissue.
  • Cohesive Gel Implants: This is a newer type of silicone implant that is thicker and keeps its shape if the shell breaks or is cut. While ruptures still happen, these types of implants are thicker and less likely to leak or break.

Each of these implants comes in various shapes and sizes along with either a smooth or textured surface.

Implant Procedures

There are typically two different procedures for implant breast reconstruction, and they are done at two different times. You can choose to have breast reconstruction at the same time as the mastectomy to treat cancer, or you can wait until a later date of your choosing after the mastectomy. Immediate breast reconstruction is also called direct-to-implant reconstruction and can be completed or at least started during the mastectomy surgery. After removing the natural breast tissue, a plastic surgeon will insert the implant underneath the chest muscle. The implant is then filled slowly so that the tissue has a chance to gradually expand until reaching the preferred size. This type of procedure can produce better-looking results because there is a good chance the breast skin is preserved, and women who choose this option do not go through a period of time without the appearance of breasts.

The other option is delayed breast reconstruction or two-step reconstruction. As the name suggests, this procedure is done at a later time after the mastectomy. The operation begins by inserting a temporary tissue expander under the skin during the mastectomy to prepare you for reconstruction at a later date. The expander resembles a balloon-like sac and is gradually filled over the course of six to eight weeks until it reaches the desired size. After the skin stretches to the appropriate size and shape, a second operation is done to remove the temporary expander and insert the permanent implant. This option is typically unavailable for patients currently undergoing radiation. Once radiation treatment is over, the surgeon can begin the expander and proceed with the operation. Delayed reconstruction may be the preferred course of action if you want to focus strictly on your cancer treatment and not reconstruction, if you are going through radiation therapy, or if you have additional health problems that may make it harder for your body to heal properly.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one has had a mastectomy, an experienced breast reconstruction surgeon can help you restore the natural look of your breasts and help you regain your confidence. Our Des Moines reconstruction surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way. Our main goal is to make you feel as happy, healthy, and confident as possible. To schedule an appointment and begin the conversation, contact Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery today by calling (515) 222-1111 or fill out an online form.

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