Associates In Plastic Surgery
Breast reconstruction is now an option for all women. The legislation mandates insurance companies to cover breast reconstruction.
Many Options Available
Women have several options regarding when and what type of breast reconstruction is to be performed. Reconstruction can be carried out at the time of mastectomy or lumpectomy (a breast conserving technique) or after the surgery, and all adjacent treatments (radiation or chemotherapy) are completed. Choice also exists as to the type of reconstruction. Whether an implant or the patient’s own tissue (autogenous) is used, the type of reconstruction is an independent decision.
Reconstruction can be limited to the production of a breast mound alone or extended to include a nipple reconstruction or alteration of the other breast to provide balance. Breast reconstruction often requires several procedures. The first is to create the breast mound and gain symmetry. The second procedure, a revision and a nipple reconstruction is done after a short healing period of 3 to 6 months.
At Associates in Plastic Surgery, we have a long history and extensive experience in breast reconstruction after mastectomy. In fact, we performed the first tram flap reconstruction in the Hampton Roads area. We have the greatest interest in breast reconstruction and are dedicated to offering the entire range of procedures designed to reconstruct the female breast.
Myself: Together Again Story
This story was a project developed to empower young women through the breast reconstruction process. Myself: Together Again is inspired by the true experience of Debbie*, a woman who underwent a delayed breast reconstruction procedure following a double mastectomy. She agreed to have the process photographed so that other women like her could get an idea of what to expect.