Serving Knoxville, Sevierville, Knox County & Nearby Areas of Tennessee
Over 190,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year. For these women, a mastectomy to remove the cancer will be necessary to prevent the spread of this disease. Mastectomies are a medically necessary procedure, responsible for saving millions of lives. However, the results of a mastectomy can have emotional consequences, and leave women feeling unbalanced and unfamiliar with their bodies.
Board-certified Knoxville plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Dean Kleto understands the aesthetic impact breast cancer removal can have. In many instances, Dr. Kleto can perform your breast reconstruction the same day as your general surgeon performs your mastectomy, or later if treatment necessitates this. In any case, he will work closely with your general surgeon to develop a plan that will best serve your emotional and physical needs.
Breast Reconstruction with the Acellular Dermal Matrix
Tennessee breast surgeon, Dr. Kleto has found that the use of the acellular dermal matrix offers the most natural looking results. The acellular dermal matrix is a specially prepared tissue that has been processed to remove cellular components that may lead to rejection. In addition, the way in which acellular dermal matrix is processed eliminates the chance of replacement tissue acquiring viral infections.
The acellular dermal matrix acts as a hammock, providing an optimal space for Dr. Kleto to place a tissue expander or a silicone breast implant. The acellular dermal matrix allows Dr. Kleto to closely match your natural breast’s contours and size while also minimizing the risk of your breast implant slipping out of place.
The advantages of the acellular dermal matrix go far beyond the aesthetic however. Other advantages of this method of breast reconstruction include:
- Better coverage of your breast implant
- Near elimination of the risk for capsular contracture
- Acts as a biologic scaffold, eliminating the risk of scarring around the breast implant and creating a better contour
Compared to other methods of breast reconstruction, this advanced technique has the capacity to offer the safest, most appealing results.
Breast reconstruction is covered by all insurance carriers. With the passage of the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, federal law requires insurance to pay for this procedure. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kleto can discuss this with you, and answer any questions you may have.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are facing a mastectomy, please contact Dr. Dean Kleto to discuss your options for breast reconstruction today. Dr. Kleto is proud to serve women in Knoxville, Sevierville, and throughout Knox County, Tennessee.