For women who have had or are about to have a mastectomy, the number of options available may seem overwhelming. If you are considering surgery to reconstruct your breast or breasts, consulting with your oncologist and a board certified plastic surgeon can help ensure you understand the process and know all of your options.
Breast reconstruction surgery typically occurs soon after mastectomy (or even lumpectomy), though it can be performed months or even years after your surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon will recreate your breast shape using a breast implant, existing tissue from somewhere else on your body (autologous reconstruction) or, in some cases, a fat transfer technique. Depending on your goals, we can work closely with you to ensure a natural look and feel and a beautiful result you can feel confident in.
The Breast Reconstruction Process
Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction is a process that usually requires multiple operations to achieve the desired result. In some cases, the reconstruction process can begin at the same time that the breast is removed, though this is not required.
The first stage of reconstruction involves the creation of a breast mound. Follow-up procedures can enhance the appearance of the reconstructed breast by creating a nipple or making other refinements. If you only have one breast reconstructed, your other breast may be lifted or augmented to match the reconstructed side.
Reconstruction has no known connection with breast cancer recurrence, nor does breast reconstruction generally interfere with treatment should the cancer return. Your doctor is likely to recommend continuation of periodic mammograms for both breasts.
Breast Reconstruction Cost
Under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, all group health plans, HMOs, and insurance companies that offer mastectomy coverage must cover your reconstructive surgery. To fully understand your options, contact your insurance company to discuss your coverage.
Our surgeons have many years of breast reconstruction experience and can help walk you through the process, explain your options, and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to find out more about how we can help you on your breast reconstruction journey.