For women who have undergone a lumpectomy, mastectomy, or who have a congenital breast deformity, breast reconstruction surgery can help improve the appearance, shape, size, and symmetry of the breasts. Breast reconstruction typically involves a series of procedures performed in stages. If the procedure is being performed on only one breast, an augmentation, reduction, or lift may need to be performed on the other breast to achieve the best possible symmetry.
Types of Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Breast reconstruction is typically either implant-based or flap-based. With implant-based reconstruction, a breast implant is used to replace the missing breast mound. With flap-based reconstruction, the new breast is formed from tissue harvested from elsewhere on the patient’s body. To determine the most appropriate technique, the plastic surgeon will take into consideration a variety of factors, including the patient’s body type, the type of mastectomy that was performed, and any current cancer treatments that the patient may be undergoing. It is important to note that the reconstructed breast will not have the same feel and sensation as a natural breast. There will also be some residual scarring, but the incisions are usually hidden as much as possible.
Who Is a Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
A woman should only consider breast reconstruction for herself and not to fit into society’s or someone else’s image of how a woman should look. Since breast loss and reconstruction are highly emotional procedures for most women, it is important for the patient to have a positive outlook and the coping mechanisms necessary to deal with her diagnosis and treatment as well as realistic expectations regarding the results of surgery. From a medical standpoint, the patient should not have any medical conditions that may affect healing.
Breast Reconstruction Cost
The cost of breast reconstruction in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills can vary from surgeon to surgeon. Typical costs include fees for the surgeon, facility, anesthesiologist, imaging tests, and medications. Most insurance plans cover at least a portion of the cost of breast reconstruction following breast cancer treatment.
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