What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction surgery is a procedure which restores the appearance of the breasts after mastectomy, lumpectomy, injury, or congenital deformity. Depending on the amount of breast tissue that has been removed, the cosmetic goals for the procedure, and other factors, breast reconstruction may be completed using breast implants or tissue grafts. Commonly, a breast reconstruction that does not use implants is referred to as a flap or autologous surgery, with donor tissue coming from areas like the thighs, abdomen, or buttocks. To find out if breast reconstruction is right for you, visit Dr. Falcon at our Natrona Heights office, which is located 15 miles from Fox Chapel and 17 miles from Aspinwall.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?

Most patients who have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy in addition to those with congenital deformities are candidates for breast reconstruction. To determine whether you are a good candidate, Dr. Falcon can work alongside your health care team. Often, breast reconstruction is performed immediately after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. In some cases, however, it is best to wait until you have completed treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation before undergoing your reconstruction. Your health will be evaluated during a consultation to ensure that breast reconstruction is a good option for you. In addition, Dr. Falcon can determine whether an autologous reconstruction or the use of breast implants is best in your case. Considerations in making this decision include the amount of donor tissue you have, achieving relative symmetry between the breasts, and your personal preferences and cosmetic goals for the procedure.

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What is Recovery Like After Breast Reconstruction?

After breast reconstruction surgery, any incision sites will be covered by gauze and bandages. Small drains may be in place, and you will wear a supportive surgical bra to minimize swelling and support the reconstructed breast(s). Dr. Falcon will provide pain medication as needed to keep you comfortable through the healing process. Most patients feel some discomfort or soreness for about 1-2 weeks after their breast reconstruction. During this time, you should rest and recover at home. The total length of downtime varies depending on the techniques used to complete your breast reconstruction; generally, breast reconstruction using implants requires a slightly shorter recovery time. During your consultation, Dr. Falcon can explain what you can expect through your recovery.

Is Breast Reconstruction Covered By Insurance?

Breast reconstruction is typically covered by insurance. It is considered a medical procedure which most patients find offers a sense of healing and closure after breast cancer or other medical issues. Health insurance plans will vary, so you should contact your provider to better understand what will be covered in your case. If you have any questions about the health insurance plans we accept, financing options, and more, our staff is happy to answer them.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about breast reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Falcon. Call our office at (724) 226-3900 or contact us online. Falcon Plastic Surgery’s Monroeville Office is conveniently located 16 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh and 10 miles from Delmont.

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