Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Cost: $6,000 - $8,000
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast cancer affects one in nine women. Breast reconstruction is performed to restore the shape of a woman’s chest following surgery for breast cancer. This procedure seeks to restore a patient’s sense of femininity. Ideally, you should consult with a plastic surgeon prior to undergoing surgery to remove breast cancer. Often, reconstruction can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction can be performed months or years later for women who delayed consultation with a plastic surgeon for any reason.
What can breast reconstruction do for me?
- I had a lumpectomy and now my breasts are asymmetrical
- I am having a mastectomy and want my breast reconstructed at the same time
- I had a past mastectomy and now wish to restore my breast
Candidates for Breast Reconstruction
Anyone who has had surgery for breast cancer that has significantly affected the shape of their chest/ breasts should at the very least have a consultation with a plastic surgeon. This way they can learn about what options there are to restore their chest to its pre-cancer surgery shape. The ideal candidate for reconstruction should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about what breast reconstruction can accomplish.