Breast Cancer and Breast Reconstruction
Although breast reconstruction can be performed months or years following breast cancer treatment, it is best conducted in conjunction with a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Planning breast reconstruction to coincide with breast cancer surgery allows your plastic surgeon to coordinate treatment with other caregivers. This facilitates optimal results, lessens the impact of invasive medical procedures, and accelerates the overall recovery process.
The Breast Reconstruction Process
There are numerous techniques for breast reconstruction, which vary based on each patient’s unique circumstances and physical factors. In most cases, breast reconstruction involves multiple procedures over a period of several months.
Ideally, the first phase is performed immediately after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. This procedure focuses on forming the breast mound, either with the aid of a breast implant or via flap reconstruction, which uses tissue from another region of the body to build the breast mound.
Subsequent steps refine the shape and size of the breast, then add the nipple and appropriate areola coloring. In some cases, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the corresponding breast in order to achieve symmetry between the breasts.
Insurance and Breast Reconstruction Surgery
The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires health insurance companies to cover breast reconstruction for women who have received mastectomies.
That legislation was based on significant research that indicated women who underwent breast reconstruction following mastectomies experienced mental health benefits and an improved quality of life. The team at Precision Medical Arts Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is here to help you throughout the reconstruction and recovery process.
To schedule your personal consultation with a Long Island plastic surgeon and discuss your breast reconstruction options, please contact Precision Medical Arts today.