Breast reconstruction surgery uses breast implants or natural body tissue to restore shape and volume to the breast area following a mastectomy or lumpectomy. While it is often the best option for your health, losing one or both breasts can be devastating. Barrett Plastic Surgery is here to help you reclaim your confidence and sense of self.
Breast Reconstruction & Insurance
Whether your reconstruction is performed immediately after your mastectomy or years later, it will likely be covered by your health insurance. The 1998 Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act requires all group health plans that pay for mastectomy and cover prostheses and reconstructive procedures. This includes procedures that may be needed further down the line to revise and refine your reconstructed breasts, or to create symmetry and balance between your breasts. We encourage all potential breast reduction patients to contact their health insurance companies to understand their guidelines for coverage before their initial consultation.
Breast reconstruction surgery is a versatile procedure that can be customized to each patient's needs, body shape, and aesthetic goals. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will perform an extensive exam and take time to understand your goals and your complete medical history to help determine the correct type of procedure that will be the safest and most effective for you. You will then be matched with a surgical coordinator who will walk you through each step of the preoperative process.
It is normal to experience soreness and swelling for the first two weeks following breast reconstruction. Pain relievers and cold compresses are typically used to ease these side effects during the early portion of the recovery process. Some revisions require extensive pocket repair that involves wearing a special post-op bra.
Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for optimal post-operative care, including an advanced scar management protocol after the initial healing period. Your surgical team is always available and will closely monitor your recovery in the weeks and months following surgery.