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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.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
If you have had a mastectomy or are planning to have one in the near future, you may be a good candidate for breast reconstruction. Speak with Dr. Dean Kleto about your individual medical history and candidacy for the procedure before scheduling your surgical date.
Will I Need Tissue Expanders?
In some cases, Dr. Dean Kleto might recommend tissue expanders to be used in the breast reconstruction process. Tissue expanders are temporary implants that gradually stretch the skin and tissue to make room for a permanent implant. Our board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss with you whether or not tissue expanders are necessary for your specific situation.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Recovery time varies for each individual and can depend on factors such as the type of reconstruction procedure and whether or not additional surgeries, like nipple reconstruction, were also performed. Bruising and swelling is common after surgery, and pain medication will be prescribed by Dr. Dean Kleto to ease any discomfort.
How Long Do Breast Implants for Reconstruction Last?
Breast implants used for reconstruction do not have a set lifespan. However, they can last anywhere from 10-20 years or more. We recommend monitoring the implants regularly with follow-up appointments and mammograms to look for signs of potential problems, such as capsular contracture. In some cases, replacement surgery may be necessary down the road if concerns exist.
How Should I Prepare for Breast Reconstruction?
It is critical that you discuss all of your concerns and questions with your board-certified plastic surgeon before the surgery. Preparing for any surgical procedure also includes quitting smoking and avoiding taking certain medications (as prescribed by your primary physician). Maintaining a healthy diet and staying active can help with recovery as well. You should also have realistic expectations and a positive mindset going into the reconstruction process.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Reconstruction With Implants?
Recovery time can vary for each individual, but it is generally advised to take at least two to three weeks off from work and strenuous activity. Dr. Dean Kleto will provide specific post-operative instructions and monitor your progress during follow-up appointments. It may also take several months for the final results of the reconstruction to settle fully.
However, many patients report feeling confident and happy with their results after breast reconstruction surgery.
Is Breast Reconstruction Right for Me?
You need to keep in mind that every patient’s experience is unique and individualized, so it is best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Dean Kleto, about your specific situation before undergoing breast reconstruction surgery. Our team is committed to providing personalized care for new and returning patients in the Knoxville and Sevierville, TN, areas.
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I love Dr. Kleto, he is upfront and honest. Had breast augmentation done 4 years ago and now I'm going back to size up. He will tell you the truth and help you get to your ultimate body goal that you want to achieve.
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.