How Does a Breast Reconstruction Work?

Plastic Surgeons serving Denver, Littleton, and Surrounding Areas in Colorado


At Grossman Plastic Surgery, our Denver breast surgeons understand how traumatizing breast cancer and a mastectomy treatment can be. We also understand that restoring your breasts is often a crucial element of recovery, which is why we routinely perform breast reconstructions as part of our practice.

Our Denver breast surgeons believe it’s important for you to understand how the breast reconstruction procedure works before you move forward with any decisions. We have three different methods:

  • Tissue Expander: In this version of the procedure, which has four stages, we place a tissue expander (you can think of it as a temporary implant) in order to stretch and expand the remaining breast tissue. After the skin has been expanded appropriately, we replace the expander with a permanent implant. We then reconstruct the nipple and areola.
  • Latissimus Dorsi Flap: With this method, our Denver breast surgeons will use skin, fat and muscle from your back to reconstruct your breast. We also use a tissue expander and, eventually, a permanent implant.
  • TRAM: Finally, we can utilize a transverse rectus myocutaneous (TRAM) flap procedure to reconstruct your breast. This procedure uses tissue from your lower abdominal region and does not require a tissue expander or implant.

Our breast surgeons will use their skill and experience to help you decide on a procedural path that is right for you.

If you’re a Denver, Colorado woman looking for a breast surgeon to discuss your reconstruction options with, please contact Grossman Plastic Surgery today.