- Desire to replace breast(s) due to mastectomy or injury
New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for plastic surgeons to create a breast that rivals the form and appearance of a natural breast. Many times breast reconstruction is possible at the time of breast removal, so the patient wakes from surgery with a breast mound already in place.
Breast reconstruction surgery, like breast reduction surgery, is not performed purely for cosmetic purposes and is therefore often covered under health insurance plans.
Breast reconstruction procedures can include: skin expansion (insertion of a tissue expander to stretch skin to accept an implant), flap reconstruction (creation of a skin flap using tissue taken from other parts of the body) and silicone or saline implant insertion. The nipple and areola are reconstructed after the breast mound is restored.
Breast reconstruction typically involves more than one operation. Dr. Kagan will evaluate your health, reconstructive options and expectations during your initial consultation to find the procedure and timing that is right for you.