Breast Reconstruction Boston
Breast Reconstruction is performed commonly following post-cancer treatments, for congenital abnormalities of the breasts (Poland’s syndrome, tubular constricted breasts) and for post-traumatic reasons. Reconstruction of a breast that has been removed due to cancer is covered by insurances. In select individuals, Dr. Volpe is able to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to a matching a natural breast. Frequently, reconstruction is possible immediately following breast removal (mastectomy) so the patient wakes up with a breast mound already in place, having been spared the experience of seeing herself with no breast at all. But bear in mind, mastectomy reconstruction or double mastectomy reconstruction is not a simple procedure. There are often many options to consider to determine what’s best for you.
Written onApril 8, 2019
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Breast Reconstruction Techniques
Common breast reconstruction techniques include the tram flap techniques, latissimus dorsi technique, and the use of tissue expanders and gel-filled breast implants. The tissue expanders are a special device used to stretch the skin on the breasts to allow room for the breast implant to fit properly in the chest. The tissue expanding process takes time as the tissue must be gradually stretched out over several weeks or months. Fat grafting for partial or total breast reconstruction is also becoming a more studied technique.
Recovering from Breast Reconstruction
The recovery process will take some time. A special surgical bra or compression garment will be provided for additional support and to help manage swelling. Drains may be placed under the tissue to help remove any excess fluid build-up following surgery. You will be provided with a comprehensive list of post-operative instructions to help make the recovery process as easy as possible.
Physical therapy may be recommended after about one month of recovery. This may last for two to four weeks. It may take around six weeks before you feel comfortable enough to return to work, though this depends on the type of work. Nipple reconstruction is generally performed after around three months of recovery, though this step is optional and some may choose to simply opt for nipple tattooing or neither. After around one year, you will see a significant improvement in the overall appearance of your breasts. Regular check-ups will no longer be necessary and your full results should come in over some time.
Breast Reconstruction Cost
Breast reconstruction after mastectomy is typically covered by insurance. Financing options are also available for patients to help them pay for their procedure or any additional procedures they may be interested in. Dr. Volpe can address any question regarding cost ad insurance during the consultation.
Schedule A Consultation
Contact Dr. Volpe Plastic Surgery Boston at CosmeticSurgeryExperts.com today to schedule a consultation in our Newton or Back Bay offices for your breast reconstruction. We are here to provide you with the attentive excellent care you need throughout the entire process and we are dedicated to providing you with the more attractive-looking breasts you want.