How to Check Yourself At Home For Breast Cancer

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As a female plastic surgeon who strives to empower women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds, Dr. Lisa Hunsicker believes in the power of knowledge – especially with the sensitive and emotional nature of breast cancer. While many women in the Colorado area have probably heard it is important to conduct regular checks, how and when you should check your breasts may seem confusing. Our entire team at Revalla Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetic wants you to feel prepared and understand how to properly check yourself at home and be able to do this routinely.

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What Does Breast Augmentation Recovery Look Like?

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You’re finally ready for your breast augmentation procedure—or perhaps you are taking the first steps in planning so that you’ll be prepared when the time comes—and the crucial question on your mind is, what will recovery look like? Dr. Lisa Hunsicker understands that the preparation for recovery after breast augmentation can be just as important as the initial steps. Many of our Colorado patients are pleasantly surprised to find out that breast augmentation does not require a long recovery time and is actually quite manageable. Of course, it is important to remember that no two women are alike and so this recovery process will be different based on your pain tolerance and other health considerations.
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Inverted Nipple Correction

An inverted nipple is one that goes in toward the body rather than pointing outward – think of it as an innie versus outie belly button. Women and men can both have inverted nipples, which can be caused for a number of reasons. Those who are uncomfortable or shy about the look of their inverted nipples may benefit from an inverted nipple correction procedure with Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Lisa Hunsicker.

What causes nipple inversion?

A problem with inverted nipples can affect one or both nipples and may result from a variety of factors such as:

  • Prior breast surgery
  • Shorter milk ducts
  • Infection/inflammation to a woman’s milk ducts

In some situations, stimulation may cause inverted nipples to point slightly outward, but they will invert once the stimulation ends. The condition is often considered to be an aesthetic issue; however, inverted nipples may be more than a cosmetic problem, and in some cases, have been a symptom of breast cancer. Any concerns should be brought up to Dr. Hunsicker prior to your surgery.

Who can benefit from Inverted Nipple Correction in Denver?

Men struggling with nipple inversion may feel uncomfortable or self-conscious when taking their shirt off – be it in the gym locker room, on the beach, or around their partner. Women are also shy about their appearance and may experience difficulties with breast feeding when they become pregnant.

Inverted nipple correction is not a commonly known procedure, so those with the condition will often go without knowing there is a solution. If you are, for any reason, unhappy with the look of your inverted nipples, Denver’s breast and body specialist, Dr. Hunsicker can help to correct their appearance with the safe and effective procedure.

How is Inverted Nipple Correction performed?

Dr. Hunsicker’s priority is to provide you with an appearance with which you are comfortable and happy, so she will listen carefully to your goals and expectations during your consultation. Your inverted nipple correction surgery will normally be performed under local anesthetic in Dr. Hunsicker’s Littleton office, which will help recovery go a lot faster.

Dr. Hunsicker will perform your surgery by making an incision around the areola below the affected nipple. She will then carefully release the bounded tissue or shortened ducts from the nipple, and place a suture to help maintain an outward position of the nipple.

Women may also choose to have your procedure performed with other breast surgeries, such as a breast augmentation or breast lift to further enhance the appearance of your breasts or to correct changes that have occurred due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. In addition to nipple inversion, men can have their inverted nipple correction performed along with male breast reduction surgery.

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Male to Female Top Surgery

While most breast augmentation surgeries are performed on women, some men can benefit from the procedure. Transsexuals or non-binary individuals often pursue breast augmentation to improve their appearance and attain the bodies they desire. Breast augmentation increases the fullness and projection of the breasts and enhances a patient’s self-confidence. Good candidates for male-to-female top surgery are healthy adult non-smokers with realistic expectations.

Techniques Used in Denver For Male-to-Female Top Surgery

Male breast augmentation is very similar to the surgery performed on women. Anesthesia is administered and the surgeon will make an incision. The site of the incision will vary depending on a number of factors, including the type and size of the implant and your particular anatomy. The implant may be placed upon or beneath the pectoral muscle. Afterward, the incisions are sutured, and patients typically return home within a few hours.

Male-to-Female Top Surgery FAQ

Breast augmentation is a major decision, so you should be certain before proceeding with the surgery. You should have the surgery to fulfill your own needs and desires, never to please someone else or attain an unreasonable ideal. Many prospective male patients find it helpful to wear a bra and breast forms for a year in order to see what the change would be like. Dr. Hunsicker also recommends hormone therapy for at least a year prior to surgery, so your body has ample time to adjust and change with a new hormonal balance in place.

Have a frank and open discussion with your plastic surgeon about your expectations and medical history. Your surgeon will explain the risks associated with the surgery and discuss the treatment options available.

The choice between saline and silicone implants is one that should be discussed with your surgeon. Each implant has its own unique benefits. Saline implants, which are filled with a saltwater solution, can be filled to varying amounts. In the event of an implant rupture, the saline is naturally absorbed and expelled by the body. Silicone implants feel more natural and are filled with silicone gel.

All surgeries carry a measure of risk. The incision site may experience unfavorable scarring, bleeding, or infection. There may be a need for revisional surgeries in the future to correct or replace the implants, which are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. Denver female plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa Hunsicker can discuss these and other risks during a consultation.

The recovery period for male-to-female top surgery lasts between 4-6 weeks, although most people are able to return to work and normal social activities within a week or so after their surgery. In the days and weeks immediately post-op, you will need to limit your activity as your body heals. You will need to wear a support garment in order to relieve pressure on your newly enlarged breasts. Soreness and swelling will likely persist for a few weeks. During this time, you should expect that your breasts will seem too high, due to the contraction of your chest muscles, but this will change as your body adjusts. Incision lines will fade over time.

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Since she began practicing medicine in 1995, plastic surgeon Dr. Hunsicker has helped many people to attain the bodies they desire. To learn more about male-to-female top surgery, please contact Revalla Plastic Surgery at (720) 283-2500.

Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction, also called gynecomastia surgery, is actually quite common. Occurring in one or both breasts, gynecomastia is characterized by an unusually large amount of breast tissue in men.

Although gynecomastia has been linked to certain medications, use of marijuana, and medical problems, there is no known definitive cause for the condition. For men who have larger breasts and feel self-conscious about their appearance, male breast reduction can remove fat and/or glandular tissue, leaving the chest flatter and better contoured.

Our Technique

This procedure is an outpatient surgery traditionally performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia, taking anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. The technique used can vary depending on whether your enlarged breasts have more fat tissue or glandular tissue. In many cases, Dr. Hunsicker can perform the surgery using LipoSelection by Vaser, which can reduce the incision and eventual scarring.

This technique is best when there is more fat tissue. If you have more glandular tissue, it will have to be surgically removed through a small incision near the edge of the areola (darker skin around the nipple).

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After surgery, you may experience some swelling and bruising for a week or two, and you may need some pain medication in the first few days. You will need to wear a surgical garment for about 3 weeks. You should expect to have lifting and physical activity restrictions for 4-6 weeks.

Gynecomastia is characterized by excess localized fat and excess glandular tissue on one or both breasts.

The cause of gynecomastia is not known. The condition has been linked to drug use, impaired liver function, estrogen-containing medications, low testosterone, and other factors related to hormone imbalance.

Men considering this procedure should be healthy non-smokers who have reached a stable body weight and stable point of breast development. Male breast reduction is appropriate when symptoms of gynecomastia cannot be resolved through alternative medical treatments.

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While we hope this information is helpful, it’s not a substitute for a consultation. We invite you to contact us at 720-283-2500 or online to schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Hunsicker. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for male breast reduction.

Breast Implant Revision

Revision breast augmentation includes procedures that address cosmetic or medical concerns related to a previous surgery. It often involves the exchange of breast implants for a different size or type. In some cases, a complication may be addressed or managed as well.

Patients can become dissatisfied with their breast augmentation results for a variety of reasons. Breast implant manufacturers state that implants are not lifetime devices, and patients should plan for replacement at some point. However, there is no defined expiration date for a breast implant.

Reasons for Corrective Breast Surgery

The following are some possible reasons to undergo corrective breast augmentation:

  • Dissatisfaction with implant size, shape, type, or placement
  • General aesthetic concerns
  • Capsular contracture (hardened scar tissue)
  • Breast implant rupture
  • Double bubble (implant migration into the breast fold)
  • Symmastia (implant migration toward breastbone)
  • Poor healing and scarring

These issues vary in frequency, and some are quite rare. Because so many women undergo breast augmentation in the United States, it is common for plastic surgeons to handle breast implant complications and aesthetic concerns on a regular basis. If you are dissatisfied with the results of a previous breast augmentation, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss the possibility of surgical revision.

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Revision breast surgery (often with breast implant exchange or removal) can address breast implant problems like capsular contracture, implant rupture, visible rippling, and more.

Breast implant exchange or removal is similar to the first breast augmentation. The doctor will make an incision (usually in the same location) to approach, remove, replace, or reposition your implants. In cases where the previous implants have been in for several years, sometimes the surgery can be slightly more involved. Dr. Hunsicker would be able to consult with you to give you an indication of the specific surgical plan based on your individual circumstances.

Your recovery will be similar to (and perhaps shorter than) your original breast augmentation recovery. You will rest and wear a special bra. You will care for your incisions until they heal. You will need to avoid exercise and lifting heavy objects for several weeks.

You don’t need to see the same surgeon for breast implant removal. Sometimes it’s not as convenient for patients to return to their original surgeon–possibly the physician has retired, or sometimes the patient has moved. At Revalla, we always encourage patients to look for a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery and also someone whom you can trust to listen to your goals and expectations.

Capsular contracture is scarring that causes the tissue to tighten around the implant. It is caused by your immune system reacting to a foreign object. It can cause distortion and hardening of your breast implants.

There are many different techniques that treat complications arising from breast augmentation. The doctor may use a cellular dermal replacement material to support the implants. This material is useful during treatment of capsular contracture, or when an implant has bottomed out.

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Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing medicine since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery has been providing patients in the Denver area with excellent, individualized cosmetic surgery results. We encourage you to call us for a personal consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Contact us at 720-283-2500 or online to schedule a consultation. Together, you and Dr. Hunsicker can determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.

Breast Reduction

A breast reduction is helpful if you have a large or excessive breast size that interferes with normal daily activities or exercise.

Large, heavy breasts may cause a variety of difficulties including: back, shoulder, and neck pain; poor posture; rashes underneath the breast in the crease; bra-strap indentations; and/or chafing. A breast reduction in Denver can help overcome these difficulties, as well as provide a more attractive contour and improved self-image.

The best candidates for breast reduction are bothered by:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Bra-strap irritation
  • Large, heavy breasts

Before considering breast reduction, you should be at a healthy and stable body weight. You should also be a non-smoker, with realistic expectations about the outcome.

How We Perform Breast Reduction in Denver

This procedure, performed under a general anesthesia, usually takes about 2-4 hours (but can be as long as 6 in some cases) and is performed on an outpatient basis. It is very similar to mastopexy (breast lift), but more breast tissue and skin are removed.

Dr. Hunsicker typically uses the common anchor-shaped incision. In some circumstances, Dr. Hunsicker can perform a breast reduction using LipoSelection by Vaser. This technique may be an option for some women who are concerned about the scarring of a traditional breast reduction. Please see our Vaser LipoSelection section for more information on this technique.

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Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large breasts is as important an issue to many women as the physical discomfort and pain.

Breast reduction in Denver can resolve problems such as:

  • Feeling that your breasts are too large
  • Breasts limiting your physical activity
  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Indentations from bra straps
  • Skin irritation beneath the breasts
  • Low-hanging breasts with stretched skin
  • Nipples resting below the breast crease
  • Enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin.

The risks of breast reduction vary from patient to patient, and all surgery involves some inherent risks. Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Hunsicker can review some of the most common concerns for breast reduction surgery at your consultation appointment, once the two of you have had a chance to discuss your individual health history.

You will likely experience some swelling and bruising of your breasts. Medication will help with the discomfort after surgery. In addition, it will be important to maintain good wound care to help your incisions to heal well. You should expect to have lifting and physical activity restrictions for 4-6 weeks.

You should plan for a week of downtime prior to returning to work. The Revalla staff will discuss your specific post-operative instructions at your pre-op appointment and again at your follow-up appointment the day after your surgery. Patients usually wear a special surgical bra for a few weeks following the procedure.

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Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing plastic surgery since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery has been providing patients in the Denver area with excellent, individualized cosmetic surgery results.

We encourage you to call us for a personal consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Contact us at 720-283-2500 or online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for breast reduction. 

Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)

Breast lift surgery, also called a mastopexy, lifts sagging breasts and removes stretched skin. You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if your breasts have lost their natural firmness after pregnancy, nursing, substantial weight loss, or aging. It may also be helpful if your areolas (pigmented areas around nipples) are enlarged.

The breast lift procedure is sometimes combined with breast augmentation surgery, and can also be performed alone for women who desire more shapely breasts without increased size. A breast lift is also an inherent part of a breast reduction surgery.

How We Perform Breast Lift Surgery

Your breast lift surgery is usually performed under IV sedation and can be as short as 2 hours if performed alone, or up to 3.5 hours if combined with a breast augmentation procedure. It is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will go home a couple of hours after the procedure. There are several procedures for performing a breast lift in Denver. Dr. Hunsicker typically uses various types of incision patterns depending on the severity of your droop. This involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast for severe droop or a lollipop pattern in those with less droop.

After lifting and repositioning the breast, Denver’s board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hunsicker will close the incisions using a combination of internal sutures (that will dissolve on their own) and Dermabond (a surgical super glue) on the skin surface. This combination helps to minimize scarring.

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After surgery, you may experience some swelling and bruising that will quickly subside. If you have only the lift (with no augmentation), your discomfort should be relatively minor, but you will have medication should you need it. If you have a lift with augmentation, you will have slightly more discomfort due to muscle spasm. We use Exparel® to help significantly reduce the amount of prescription pain medication needed after surgery, as well as the need for narcotics. This helps make for a more comfortable recovery time for our patients. You should expect to have lifting and physical activity restrictions for 4-6 weeks. It is usually best to plan for a week of downtime prior to returning to work.

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FAQ

Mastopexy is another name for breast lift surgery, which raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue.

Mastopexy can treat sagging breasts that have lost shape and volume. It may be right for you if 1) your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape, 2) when unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease, 3) your nipples and areolas point downward, 4) you have stretched skin and enlarged areolas, or 5) one breast is lower than the other.

Several techniques can be used in a breast lift. The technique for you will be determined by your breast size and shape, the size and position of your areolas, the degree of breast sagging, and your skin quality.

Anesthesia is administered first, either IV sedation or a general anesthetic. There are three incision patterns that may be used: 1) around the areola, 2) around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, and 3) around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease.

After performing incisions, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped. The nipple and areola are elevated. If desired, enlarged areolas are reduced by removing skin at the perimeter. Loose breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of skin elasticity. Next, the remaining skin is tightened and the incisions are closed. Incision lines are concealed in the natural breast but can remain visible on the breast surface. They are permanent, but usually fade over time. Sutures, skin adhesives, and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin at the end of the surgery.

Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You will wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts during healing. A thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid that collects after surgery. You will be given instructions about aftercare, medications, and follow-up appointments.

Breast lift surgery in Denver risks can vary from patient to patient, and all surgery carries with it a risk of complications. Dr. Hunsicker can review the most common risks to breast lift surgery at your consultation, based on your specific clinical factors.

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Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for a breast lift. Our office is conveniently located in Littleton, only 15 minutes from University of Denver, 25 minute away from Denver, CO and 50 minutes away from Denver International Airport.

Breast Augmentation Specialist

Why Choose Dr. Hunsicker for your Breast Augmentation?

Women in the Littleton and Denver area come to Dr. Hunsicker for breast enhancement surgery not only because of her skill and the beautiful results she is able to achieve as a board certified plastic surgeon, but also because of her genuine care for each woman she works with. As a female plastic surgeon, her patients often feel more comfortable and have confidence in her understanding of the concerns women face with their bodies as they get older. Starting with a private, one-on-one consultation, Dr. Hunsicker will take the time to listen to your unique goals and expectations to develop a personalized plan tailored to achieve natural-looking enhancements created just for you.

Breast implant augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure to increase breast size or enhance breast shape. The breast procedure uses saline or silicone-filled breast implants.

The procedure can be tailored to meet your needs. We can increase your breast size to improve overall body proportions, or improve your breast symmetry if you have a size discrepancy between your breasts. So, how does Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Hunsicker perform breast augmentation?

How We Perform Breast Implant Augmentation

This outpatient surgery takes about 2 hours under IV sedation or general anesthesia. An incision is made in the crease underneath the breast to achieve a natural-looking outcome.

Through the incision, Dr. Hunsicker will create a pocket for the implant. This pocket is typically formed underneath the muscle in your chest. She always takes great care in creating this pocket, as this is a critical element in achieving the overall look of your breasts. She will insert sizing implants to help refine both shape and size, going back to re-work the pocket as needed. Once Dr. Hunsicker has achieved your desired shape and size, she will replace the sizing implant with a permanent implant.

Your incision will be closed using a combination of internal sutures (that will dissolve on their own) and Dermabond (a surgical "super-glue") on the skin's surface. This combination helps to achieve minimal scarring. Dr. Hunsicker uses Exparel® for her breast augmentation patients, which helps to reduce the amount of prescription pain medication you may need after surgery. This injectable numbing medication helps manage any post-surgical discomfort extremely well, making for a much easier and speedier recovery time after your breast enhancement.

FAQ

A breast implant augmentation procedure at our state-of-the Littleton surgery center is designed to 1) increase fullness and projection of the breasts, 2) improve the balance of your figure, and 3) enhance your self-image and self-confidence.

Dr. Hunsicker will work with you to select your implant size range prior to surgery, based on the individualized results that you are looking for. Using your pre-operative measurements and understanding of your desired goals, she always orders a range of implants to have available during the surgery. In this way, she can use the sizing breast implants to find exactly which permanent implant is right for you based on your input and her artistic judgment.

Breast augmentation surgery may be a good option for you if 1) you are healthy and have realistic expectations, 2) your breasts are fully developed, 3) you are bothered by small breast size, 4) you are bothered by loss of breast shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging, 5) your breasts are asymmetrical, and 6) one or both breasts failed to develop normally.

Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. If you want your breasts to look fuller and to be lifted due to sagging, a breast lift surgery may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation. This can be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation.

You will be able to go home after a couple of hours. You will likely experience some swelling and discomfort the first few days. This is greatly reduced by the use of Exparel and other necessary prescription pain medication. Exparel effectively reduces the need for prescription pain medication and narcotics, making for a more comfortable breast augmentation recovery. You will likely still feel "pressure" until your tissue stretches to accommodate the implants. You will have a 10 pound lifting restriction for six weeks after surgery to ensure your body is well-healed before putting undo pressure on the new surgical site.

During the first week or two after surgery, you may notice that your implants seem to be too high. This is caused by a spasm of your chest muscles (which is also the cause of the discomfort alleviated by the pain pump). As with all muscle spasms, these will subside and your implants will begin dropping into a more natural position. During the first two weeks after surgery, you will wear an ace bandage to aid in both providing adequate support and helping the implants to drop properly.

Breast augmentation at Revalla Plastic Surgery costs $8,000 to $10,000 depending on your specific surgery.

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Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation, as well as learn about specific risks and complications that may occur. Our office is conveniently located in Littleton, only 25 minute away from Denver, CO and 50 minutes away from Denver International Airport.