At Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery, we understand that breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or any other disease. Reconstruction of a breast that has been partially or completely removed is possible through plastic surgery techniques. These techniques not only create a new breast, but also dramatically improves a woman’s self-image, self-confidence and quality of life.
If you are interested in learning more about breast reconstruction and how we can play a role in your journey, please contact our office at 601-261-3690. Our board-certified surgeons and our staff are happy to assist you in any way we can.
How is breast reconstruction performed?
Various surgical techniques are available when you undergo breast reconstruction. One option available to patients is to use a breast implant – either saline-field or silicone-filled – to recreate the breast. Other women choose to have a tissue flap procedure, in which tissue from your stomach, back, this or buttocks is used to reconstruct the breast.
Am I a good candidate for breast reconstruction?
While breast reconstruction is possible immediately after the removal of the breast, it’s essential to make sure that the cancer has been completely eliminated before undergoing this surgery. Other factors to consider include the following:
- Overall health.
- The stage of breast cancer.
- The size of natural breast.
- The amount of tissue available for a flap procedure (if the route chosen).
- Desired appearance match of the other breast.
- Desire for bilateral reconstructive surgery.
- Insurance coverage for unaffected breast and related costs.
- The type of cancer treatment, as well as choice of reconstructive procedure.
- The size of the implant or reconstructed breast.
During your initial consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will discuss all details with you to make sure your concerns and questions are addressed.
What can I expect after breast reconstruction surgery?
Our breast reconstruction patients can expect to spend between one and six days in the hospital following this procedure. Once released, a patient may need to keep a surgical drain to remove excess fluids from the surgery site.
Most patients experience some soreness for up to two weeks, which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by our surgeons. Full recovery typically takes between six to eight weeks. It’s important for all patients to remember that multiple surgeries may be needed in order for the breast to be fully restored. Patience and commitment are essential.
What results do typical breast reconstruction patients see?
Breast reconstruction surgery can be very rewarding, giving women an improved body image and self-esteem following a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Our surgeons at Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery understand the scope and emotional journey patients undergo when they “need” reconstructive surgery. We have a tremendous amount of experience with helping patients through the recovery process and are committed to taking care of the whole patient.
How much does breast reconstruction cost?
Because the scope of this procedure is individualized to the patient, the cost is varied. To discuss pricing and any questions or concerns, please contact our office today. Our skilled staff members and physicians are dedicated to making the reconstruction journey as smooth and rewarding as possible.
To schedule a consultation, please call our office at 601-261-3690.
Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Mississippi including Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Lamar County, Laurel, Meridian and the Pine Belt. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Richard A. Pecunia, MD, FACS; Petra R. Schneider-Redden, MD, FACS; and William O. “Trey” Thomas, III, MD, FACS are committed to providing quality care.