Breast Reconstruction

breast (5)Women who have undergone a mastectomy because of cancer or a pre-cancerous condition may wish to consider breast reconstruction. Most mastectomy patients may undergo reconstruction, even if further treatment is needed, like radiation or chemotherapy. By using a number of different techniques, Drs. Thomas and Jeffries can create a breast that is similar to the shape, size, and feel of the breast that was removed. Often, the doctors will recommend using a woman’s own tissues for reconstruction. Women can consider two options: immediate breast reconstruction, which is done at the time of the mastectomy; or delayed breast reconstruction, which is performed after the patient has healed from the mastectomy. Immediate reconstruction offers some benefits, such as preserving a greater amount of skin, reducing scarring, and dealing with only one recovery process.

Am I a candidate for Breast Reconstruction?

Drs. Thomas’ and Jeffries’ patients report that breast reconstruction enhances their appearance, contributes to their quality of life, and creates symmetry in the body. The procedure is performed at the hospital or surgical center and may require an overnight stay. Most women report manageable or minimal pain. Women who have this procedure can typically return to their normal activity levels two+ weeks after surgery, but the complete reconstructive process can take time and will be throughly explained at consultation. Each insurance company has different criteria to be met for insurance coverage, which can be investigated at the time of a consult.

This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to render medical advice.

For more information please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.

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