Losing a breast to cancer is an extremely important event. Through the latest technological advancements, there are newer and more realistic looking ways to reconstruct a normal-appearing breast after mastectomy through breast reconstruction.
Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction
Recreating the breast is a critical step for many women in restoring self-confidence and quality of life, more thoroughly treating breast cancer from start to finish.
Breast reconstruction has made huge strides. Breasts which have been reconstructed won’t look exactly like the breast which was lost. It’s important for breast reconstruction candidates to be able to understand this and have realistic expectations for the procedure and outcome. Ideal candidates should be in good health and not suffering from any condition which would hinder proper healing and recovery.
Breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy or be delayed months or even years after cancer treatments have been completed.
At Azul Plastic Surgery we are committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome in your breast reconstruction surgery, taking great care to avoid any unnecessary complications. Located in Sugar Land, we serve clients in Fort Bend County and throughout the greater Houston area. Request your personal consultation.
Breast Reconstruction FAQ
Who is a candidate for Breast Reconstruction plastic surgery?
Ideal candidates should be in good health and not suffering from any condition which would hinder proper healing and recovery.
The final results of breast reconstruction following mastectomy can help lessen the physical and emotional impact of mastectomy. Over time, some breast sensation may return, and scar lines will improve, although they’ll never disappear completely. There are trade-offs, but most women feel these are small compared to the large improvement in their quality of life and the ability to look and feel whole. Careful monitoring of breast health through self-exam, mammography and other diagnostic techniques is essential to your long-term health.
What is Breast Reconstruction surgery and recovery like?
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under MAC (Monitored Anesthesia Care), which allows the patient to sleep through the procedure. Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy. Although breast reconstruction can rebuild your breast, the results are highly variable:
- A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces.
- Visible incision lines will always be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy.
- Certain surgical techniques will leave incision lines at the donor site, commonly located in less exposed areas of the body such as the back, abdomen or buttocks.
How much does a Breast Reconstruction cost?
Because every patient’s concerns and desires are unique, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Jaffer. At the time of your consultation, a treatment plan will be proposed. With those variables identified, it will then be possible to estimate a firm idea of costs associated with your breast reduction procedure.
Please keep in mind that we offer several easy plastic surgery financing options, including those from Alphaeon, Prosper, CareCredit, and PatientFi.