Is breast reconstruction right for you? For thousands of women the answer is, “Yes.” Every woman makes a decision based on her individual needs, desires and experience to complete her breast cancer journey.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Denis Gonyon understands a breast cancer diagnosis can be devastating, but it is his mission to provide women with respect, care and compassion. He is honored to be able to offer breast reconstruction as an option and believes it is his responsibility to provide women with his cosmetic and reconstructive expertise. He is experienced in several techniques, including implant-based reconstruction and breast reconstruction using fat grafting.
"My heartfelt thanks goes out to Dr. Gonyon and team. When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, we were overwhelmed with information, doctor visits, and life-changing decisions. Fighting breast cancer was our obvious #1 priority. We knew my wife's physical appearance would change for a period of time; but frankly I underestimated how important it was to start her on the cosmetic recovery path at the same time as everything else. I know each case if different, but for my wife the reconstruction has been one of the few positive activities during her surgeries and chemo treatment plan. Your valuable skills, quality of care, and encouraging words have helped restore her confidence. In the middle of many daunting experiences, the reconstruction process has provided her with a positive focus."
- D.S., Greeley, Colorado
With over 190,000 women being diagnosed with breast cancer every year, Congress has passed the Federal Woman’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, which requires insurance to pay for certain breast reconstruction techniques. During your initial consultation, Dr. Gonyon will discuss all of your options with you, and help you determine what procedures insurance will cover to assist you in restoring symmetry and balance to your body. Please call (970) 624-7979 to schedule a complimentary consult at our Northern Colorado office.
Breast Implant Reconstruction
The size of your tumor will determine the amount of breast tissue that must be removed during your surgery. Dr. Gonyon has found, for women who have sufficient breast tissue, immediate breast implant reconstruction provides very good results. With breast implant reconstruction, a saline or silicone implant is placed, and remaining tissue is formed over the implant. This method is less invasive, and in many instances does not require muscle or tissue to be removed. In other breast reconstruction cases it may be necessary to use a temporary tissue expander to achieve the final result you desire.
Dr. Gonyon offers collagen grafts to improve the breast reconstruction procedure and results. With this option, a prepared collagen graft is used to support the breast implant, instead of altering your muscle. This provides a natural-feeling, well-supported breast with a minimum of modification to your chest wall. Recovery from collagen graft reconstruction is much faster than other methods, but may not be fully covered by some insurance companies.
Another option is the creation of Latissimus flaps or TRAM flaps. With this option, muscle and tissue are removed from either your back or your stomach, and transferred to create a new breast. This method feels more natural than implant reconstruction, but requires the transfer of muscle and is therefore a more involved and complex surgical procedure.
Every patient has unique needs and Dr. Gonyon takes time to listen to your concerns, and will work with your general surgeon, oncologist and primary physicians to help you find a solution that will make you feel more balanced and comfortable after your mastectomy.
Useful information about breast reconstruction, including recovery times and risks, can be found on our Questions about Breast Reconstruction page.
If you are interested in learning more about breast reconstruction in Northern Colorado, Wyoming, or Nebraska, please contact Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery online or call (970) 624-7979 to schedule a complimentary initial breast reconstruction consultation today.