A woman who has surgery to treat breast cancer may choose to have reconstructive surgery to rebuild the shape and look of her breast. Breast reconstruction may be an option either during or after breast removal, depending on the person’s situation. Breast reconstruction is considered a reconstructive procedure and should be covered by most health insurance plans, although the level of coverage may vary.
The idea of living without a breast affects each woman differently, and deciding whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery is a very personal choice. Women who have undergone cancer treatment involving a mastectomy, or those who have experienced another form of breast trauma or congenital deformity, may choose to have breast reconstruction surgery as a means to renew their self-confidence.
Breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure. You may be a good candidate for breast reconstruction surgery if you:
Breast reconstruction is typically performed under general anesthesia. There are a variety of different surgical methods that may be used for the procedure depending on your needs, and Dr. Camp will discuss these options with you during your consultation. They may include:
If you choose, breast reconstruction surgery may also include reconstruction of your nipple and tattooing to define the dark area of skin surrounding your nipple (areola).
Following your breast reconstruction surgery, gauze or bandages will likely be applied to your incisions. You may be placed in a surgical support bra to minimize swelling and support the reconstructed breasts. Thin, temporary drainage tubes may also be inserted.
Breast reconstruction with implants is often an outpatient procedure, while autologous (flap) reconstruction may require a hospital stay.
You may be tired and sore for a few weeks after your surgery, and getting back to your normal activities can take up to 6 weeks or more.
As the swelling goes down, the shape of your reconstructed breasts should improve. It’s important to remember that the primary goal of breast reconstruction surgery is to give your breasts contour and symmetry under clothing. A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation or feel as the breast it replaces.
To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Camp, call 330-332-7383.
Choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery is a deeply personal, and sometimes difficult, decision. When deciding if cosmetic surgery is right for you, you should consider the following:
One of the best ways to decide if cosmetic surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Camp to discuss your expectations, goals, and any concerns you may have. During this time, Dr. Camp will:
We encourage you to bring a list of questions to the consultation. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Camp, please call our office at 330-332-7383.
Cosmetic surgery is performed to enhance or change a healthy, normal, functioning part of the body to improve appearance or self-esteem. Because cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure, the cost is typically not covered by most health insurance plans.
Reconstructive surgery is performed to correct a physical abnormality caused by a birth defect, injury or medical condition; to improve physical function or achieve a more normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is often covered by health insurance plans, though the level of coverage may vary by procedure.
Recovery time depends on the procedure, and can range anywhere from a few days to weeks or even months. It’s important to note that every patient responds to pain differently, and Dr. Camp will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to help minimize your discomfort. You should follow the post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Camp to allow your body time to heal and to achieve optimal results.
The long-term results of cosmetic surgery depend on the type of procedure performed, your age and your overall health. You should discuss your expectations for the outcome of your procedure during your pre-surgical consultation with Dr. Camp.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery, it’s important to be informed about the safety of your procedure and the expected results. Thousands of people undergo cosmetic surgery each year without complications. However, no surgical procedure is risk-free.
To reduce the risk of complications, you should inform Dr. Camp of your complete medical history, including any medications you take, prior to scheduling cosmetic surgery.
For enhanced safety, our patients can be assured that:
You should contact your insurance provider to verify the details of your plan’s coverage prior to your procedure. Cosmetic surgery is typically not covered by health insurance plans because it is elective. Many reconstructive procedures are covered by health insurance, although the level of coverage may vary.
If the cost of your cosmetic procedure is not covered by your insurance plan, SRMC Plastic Surgery may offer some financing options. Please contact our office at 330-332-7383 for more information.
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