Breast reconstruction surgery is usually performed after a mastectomy (the removal of breast tissue as treatment for cancer). It may also be useful following trauma or medical conditions causing tissue loss. During the procedure, breast implants and other techniques are used to restore patients with a natural chest contour.
Is breast reconstruction right for me?
Reconstructive breast surgery in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area is intended for patients who have lost breast tissue as a result of cancer or other medical concerns. For cancer patients, cancer survivors, and trauma survivors, this technique offers the possibility of restoring a more feminine chest contour and improving patients' self-confidence. If you are facing the loss of breast tissue due to medical reasons, breast reconstruction may be right for you.
How much does breast reconstruction cost?
Unlike most cosmetic surgeries, breast reconstruction is usually covered by health insurance, particularly when it follows mastectomy surgery to treat breast cancer. Health insurance providers who cover mastectomy (the surgical removal of breast tissue) are required to also cover these patients' breast reconstruction procedures. For those whose surgery is not covered by insurance, average prices in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area are anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000 per breast, depending on the specifics of the procedure.
How involved is the breast reconstruction procedure?
Reconstructive breast surgery can take anywhere from two to six hours to perform, depending on the details of the surgery and how much reconstructive work is being done. It is performed with general anesthesia.
In some cases, breast reconstruction may be performed in the same surgical session as the initial mastectomy procedure. It may also be performed at any point after the loss of breast tissue. During the surgical procedure, tissue is added to increase breast volume, and then sculpted to leave natural-looking contours. Usually, this technique involves breast implants, similar to those used for cosmetic breast augmentation. The surgeon will typically perform work on both breasts to ensure the most symmetrical results possible, though in some cases surgery may focus on just one breast.
How long is the recovery after breast reconstruction?
After surgery, most patients spend several nights in the hospital. In part because this technique is often performed on cancer patients, recovery times vary widely. Side effects such as soreness, pain, tenderness, swelling, and bruising can be expected, and usually subside within two weeks. A surgical bra or compression garment will be worn to support the new contours of your chest. Most West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens breast reconstruction patients are able to return to their normal activity level within four weeks of surgery.
What should I do next?
If you have lost tissue from one or both breasts, or are facing the possibility of mastectomy surgery, consult with a plastic surgeon to find out whether reconstructive surgery is right for you. Call Dr. Kapp today at (561) 833-4022 or fill out our online form for your complimentary consultation.