From Survival to Renewal: The Power of Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstruction

Authored By Cassileth Plastic Surgery

Confident woman looking in the mirror

In the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis, amidst the whirlwind of treatments and decisions, lies a silver lining—a chance to rebuild not just your health, but your self-confidence too. At the heart of this transformative journey is the Direct-to-Implant (DTI) breast reconstruction method, pioneered by Dr. Lisa Cassileth and practiced by her and Dr. Kelly Killeen at Cassileth Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. This innovative approach is more than a medical procedure; it’s a step towards healing the whole woman, offering an immediate path to recovery that respects both your emotional and physical well-being.

Innovating Recovery: Direct-to-Implant Reconstruction with Sensation Preservation

Direct-to-Implant breast reconstruction is a beacon of innovation, offering a seamless transition from mastectomy to reconstruction in a single procedure. Unlike traditional methods that require tissue expanders and multiple surgeries, DTI provides natural-looking breasts immediately following mastectomy. This approach reduces recovery time, decreases the discomfort of expanders, and importantly, it allows women to begin their post-cancer lives with a sense of completeness and self-assurance. 

 A key component of this transformative procedure is its ability to preserve sensation, achieved through a collaborative effort between our plastic surgeons and mastectomy surgeons. By carefully preserving normal subcutaneous fat and avoiding injury to the main intercostal nerves during the mastectomy, and then meticulously reconnecting these nerves during the reconstruction, we offer a chance at retaining not just the form, but the feel of natural breasts. This sophisticated technique enhances both the physical and emotional recovery, providing women with a deeply restored sense of self.

So, that’s the science behind the procedure. But what does direct-to-implant breast reconstruction mean to women?

A Gentle Path Forward

Imagine waking up from surgery not only cancer-free but also free from the anticipation of further reconstructive surgeries. DTI breast reconstruction is about minimizing your time in the operating room and maximizing your time living fully. Dr. Cassileth and Dr. Killeen understand that breast reconstruction isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about restoring your sense of self and comfort in your own skin. 

Reclaiming Your Confidence

The journey through breast cancer is deeply personal, and so is the decision to undergo breast reconstruction. The philosophy at Cassileth Plastic Surgery goes beyond traditional expectations—aiming not just for you to look “normal” in clothes but for you to feel truly yourself, uninhibited and confident. 

Empowered Choices, Empowered Women

In the world of breast reconstruction, information is power. Dr. Cassileth and Dr. Killeen believe in empowering you with knowledge, options, and support, making you an active participant in your recovery. This isn’t just about medical outcomes; it’s about feeling heard, respected, and understood. 

Healing Beyond the Physical

The DTI method’s ability to preserve sensation represents more than a technical achievement; it’s a restoration of wholeness. Losing sensation after a mastectomy can be a profound loss, one that impacts intimacy and self-awareness. By prioritizing the preservation of sensation, Dr. Cassileth and Dr. Killeen offer not just physical reconstruction but a pathway to emotional and sensory healing. 

A New Chapter Awaits

Your battle with breast cancer is a testament to your strength and resilience. At Cassileth Plastic Surgery, Dr. Cassileth, Dr. Killeen, and their team are dedicated to ensuring that your next chapter is one of joy, confidence, and empowerment. Direct-to-Implant breast reconstruction is more than a procedure—it’s a promise of a future where you can embrace yourself fully, celebrating every part of your journey with pride.
Are you ready to explore your path to transformation? Contact Cassileth Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation. Together, we’ll walk this journey to rediscovery, helping you embrace the beauty of renewal and the power of choice.

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