Breast Cancer Reconstruction

Complete Your Breast Cancer Journey

After a mastectomy, lumpectomy or congenital deformities, Dr. Gonyon can help reconstruct one or both breasts to restore a more normal shape, appearance, and symmetry. He’ll work with both you and your general surgeon to help determine the best time for you to undergo reconstructive mammaplasty or breast reconstruction surgery.

Immediate reconstruction includes Dr. Gonyon performing breast reconstruction during the same surgery as your mastectomy. Dr. Gonyon operates with many general surgeons in Northern Colorado at the facility of their choice. Delayed reconstruction is performed by Dr. Gonyon as a separate surgery, usually weeks or months after the mastectomy.

What Is A Breast Cancer 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 the remaining tissue is then altered to help improve the appearance of the soft tissues along with 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.

Am I A Good Candidate For Breast Cancer Reconstruction?

You may be a good candidate for reconstructive mammaplasty:

  • If you are able to cope well with your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • If you do not have other medical conditions or illnesses that may interfere with the healing process.
  • If you have an optimistic outlook and reasonable expectations for restoring your breasts.

How Long After My Mastectomy Do I Need To Wait For Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

There are many options for breast reconstruction surgery that include performing the procedure immediately after your mastectomy or delayed for several weeks or months afterward. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Denis Gonyon, will work with both you and your general surgeon to help determine the best time for you to undergo breast reconstruction surgery.

Immediate reconstruction includes Dr. Gonyon performing breast reconstruction during the same surgery as your mastectomy. Dr. Gonyon operates with many general surgeons in Northern Colorado at the facility of their choice. 

Delayed reconstruction is performed by Dr. Gonyon as a separate surgery a few weeks or months after the mastectomy. In many cases, due to other cancer treatments, chemotherapy or radiation, delayed can help provide a better long-term result. Dr. Gonyon is privileged to operate at all area facilities including:

 

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Consultations Available Now 

Take the first step.  Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with Dr. Gonyon at Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery for an in-person consultation.

Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

What Results Will I See?* 

Patients treated with breast cancer reconstruction often see: 

  • Normal shape and appearance to the breasts.
  • Increased confidence.

What Is The Recovery Process Like?*

In general, recovery from breast reconstruction varies with each patient, the type of mastectomy, the type of reconstruction and other cancer treatments. Dr. Gonyon will talk to you about your specific recovery schedule during your consultation, as well as the differences between each technique and their varying recoveries.

Will Breast Reconstruction Interfere With Cancer Screening?

Breast reconstruction may not affect future cancer screenings. Depending on the type of reconstruction, such as the flap method, mammograms may be more difficult requiring different detection methods. Cancer screeners can accommodate all types of reconstruction, and it is important you tell your physician what type of breast reconstruction you have had to ensure proper detection methods are utilized.

Will My Reconstructed Breasts Look And Feel Like My Natural Breasts?

Options for breast reconstruction have come a long way in the past 20 years, and reconstructed breasts can provide symmetry and restore balance for women who have had a mastectomy. They cannot be made to look and feel exactly like your natural breasts. Further surgeries may be required to create a nipple and areola, and scarring will be inevitable with this procedure.

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*Individual Results May Vary

Take the First Step - Request A Consultation

Please fill out the form on this page to request an in-person consultation and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery will reach out to you promptly.

You can also call our office directly at (970) 624-7979.

Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery serves the Fort Collins, CO & Surrounding Areas.

Patient Reviews

*Individual Results May Vary

5/5

Dr. Gonyon and his staff are amazing! From start to finish they are there every step of the way. He provides exceptional services and really makes you feel like an individual and your best self. I would, and have, recommend them over and over again!*

- R C

I had a great experience with Dr. Gonyon and his team. Dr. Gonyon always has time to answer all my questions and concerns. You can tell he really loves what he does. I am so happy with my results and would recommend Dr. Gonyon to everyone.*

- C J

My husband and I have been very pleased and condfident with the professionalism and compassion of Dr. Gonyon and his staff. I would recommend and have referred family and friends to Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery. Thanks so much!*

- S J