Breast reconstruction surgery restores symmetry between the breasts and replaces breast tissue and skin after a mastectomy or serious injury. At Atlantic Surgical Associates, we perform breast reconstruction in West Long Branch, New Jersey, using a variety of techniques to restore the appearance of your breasts and help with your self-confidence. We welcome patients in Ocean, Monmouth, and Essex counties.
What is a Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a type of breast surgery to reconstruct or rebuild one or both breasts following a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or injury. Breast reconstruction may be performed at the same time as a lumpectomy or mastectomy or it can be done months or years later using tissue expanders.
Not all women who undergo a mastectomy opt for breast reconstruction, which is entirely optional. Some women mourn the loss of one or both breasts and feel self-conscious without breast reconstruction surgery; others choose prosthetics instead, or make no attempt to change their appearance after surgery. The decision to undergo breast reconstruction is a personal choice and can’t restore sensation to the breasts.
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost in West Long Branch, NJ?
Breast reconstruction surgery is covered by many health insurance plans, but not always depending on when it’s performed and the type of reconstruction. The cost of your treatment will depend on the reconstruction method and the extend of reconstruction necessary. During your initial consultation, Dr. Volshteyn will discuss your goals and create a tailored treatment plan. We can then review your cost and go over your insurance options with you. You can learn more about options for paying for your surgery on our plastic surgery financing page.
How is Breast Reconstruction Performed?
Breast reconstruction may be performed in several ways depending on the extent of reconstruction necessary and your cosmetic goals.
The most common way to reconstruct the breasts is with breast implants. This will involve stretching the skin using tissue expanders before placing saline or silicone implants after several weeks.
Another option is a skin flap surgery that transplants tissue from your back, abdomen, thighs, or buttocks to create a mound for reconstructing the breast. This tissue flap can be reconnected to a new blood supply at the chest or kept attached to a blood supply at its original location.
Fat grafting or fat transfer is a fairly new breast reconstruction option. Fat grafting involves removing fat from one area of the body such as the abdomen via liposuction and transferring it to the breast after it’s purified. The fat will establish its own blood supply. This technique is typically used to restore breasts after a lumpectomy or injury that does not involve complete removal of breast tissue.
What is Recovery Like After Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Because breast reconstruction is major surgery, recovery can be a lengthy process. If you need tissue expanders, the process will take weeks and appointments can be uncomfortable when more saline is added. After flap reconstruction or implant reconstruction, you can expect to spend a few days in the hospital. Some women also require more than one surgical procedure to completely reconstruct the breasts.
It’s common to experience trouble lifting your arms, bruising, swelling, soreness, and fatigue for the first two months.
Are you considering breast reconstruction surgery in West Long Branch, New Jersey? At Atlantic Surgical Associates, we offer several options to rebuild the breasts following trauma, mastectomy, or lumpectomy. Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment to learn more about your options. We welcome patients from the surrounding areas of New Brunswick, East Brunswick, and Staten Island, NY.