Breast Reconstruction 
 
 
 
 
 

Restoring beauty. Inner harmony. Naturally.

 

It’s all you.

 

Now there’s a natural alternative in breast reconstruction. No artificial implants are needed. Muscle function is preserved.

 

Instead with today’s advanced microsurgical techniques, tissues from your abdomen or buttocks may be used to restore the natural contour, feel and size of your breast. Natural reconstruction can also restore your feelings of confidence in day or evening clothes, swim suits and lingerie.

 

Whether you’re facing a mastectomy or your procedure was completed months or years ago, natural reconstruction may be an attractive option.

 

Be active. Be confident.

 

Excellence

Thanks to specialized training and a commitment to patient satisfaction, the natural breast reconstruction physicians at East Cooper Medical Center can offer these procedures.

 

Hospital stays average about four days, but achieving optimal symmetry typically requires at least one outpatient procedure following surgery.

 

Recovery

Since muscle function can be preserved, recovery may be faster than with older reconstructive techniques. Patients may return to work and normal activities within four weeks, depending on the type of surgery required.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is microsurgery?

When living tissue is removed and reimplanted to form the breast, its network of small blood vessels must be reconnected. Surgeons use a microscope and tiny stitches to restore normal blood flow.

 

Can natural breast reconstruction be done if my mastectomy was last year?

Although immediate reconstruction has advantages, procedures can be done years after a mastectomy.

 

How long after chemotherapy or radiation should I wait before reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction surgery will not be performed until the course of chemotherapy or radiation therapy is completed. Typically, it’s three to six months after chemotherapy and about six months after radiation therapy.

 

Will there be scars?

Scars on breasts and at places where tissues have been removed may fade with time, but they will not disappear entirely.

 

Will the areas where tissue was removed look different?

Although scars will be present, shape may be improved. The harvesting part of the procedure is similar to a “tummy tuck” or “buttocks lift” that recontours these areas for a more youthful, attractive appearance.

 

Is natural breast reconstruction covered by insurance?

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 provides protection to patients who choose to have breast reconstruction in connection with a mastectomy. The federal law applies to those covered under group health insurance plans and those with individual health insurance coverage. You should check with your insurance provider for coverage details. Our hospital staff also can help you with reimbursement questions.

 
 
 
 
 
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