Breast Reconstruction in Worcester, MA
Losing a breast or both breasts as a result of an illness such as cancer can be a devastating blow to a woman’s self-esteem and appearance. Breast reconstruction helps a woman regain her confidence by replacing the lost breast. This procedure is best done under the guidance of your oncologist and depends on the stage of cancer or treatment that you are at. The procedure is best performed once you are cleared of additional health concerns and are ready to make the required adjustment. Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, provides a skilled and compassionate approach to breast reconstruction surgery for residents of Shrewsbury and the surrounding communities in Massachusetts.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction constructs natural-looking breasts for women who have undergone a mastectomy. The goal of breast reconstruction is to re-create natural breasts as closely as possible.
Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction boosts a woman’s self-confidence and thus improves the quality of life for many women. The surgery is also meaningful for women who have lost a breast as a consequence of illness, such as cancer, injury, or trauma. Breast reconstruction restores a woman’s original silhouette and improves her appearance and self-image.
When Should I Consider Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction surgery should be performed according to your oncologist’s recommendation. It may be done during the same session as the mastectomy, or it may be performed at a later date. In most cases, we recommend breast reconstruction be performed in combination with the mastectomy in order to reduce the impact of multiple surgeries and minimize healing and recovery time.
How is Breast Reconstruction Performed?
Every surgery is unique to each patient and will depend on your anatomy, lifestyle and overall goals.
The most common procedure involves skin expansion by means of a tissue expander filled with a saline solution that is inserted and positioned after the mastectomy, followed by restoration of the breast mound. Scars from this procedure are thin and fade over time.
The flap reconstruction method is another alternative in which the breast may be reconstructed using the patient’s own fatty tissue. In this procedure, the breast mound is reconstructed during the initial operation using tissue harvested from areas such as the abdomen, back, and/or buttocks. Follow-up procedures such as nipple reconstruction, reshaping of the breasts, and a breast lift combined with reduction surgery may be also be indicated.
What Can I Expect When Recovering from Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
During the first week following surgery, most patients experience some mild discomfort. We recommend resting during this period. After three days, dressings will be removed, and drains will be removed after one or two weeks. After several weeks, you will be able to resume most of your everyday activities, including stretching exercises that Dr. Ekstrom will prescribe to help restore natural movement to the muscles affected by the surgery. After a few weeks, your scars will begin to fade, and you may gradually return to more strenuous activities.
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost in Worcester, MA?
Every patient is unique, and so is every procedure, so the cost of surgery will vary between patients. Fortunately, breast reconstruction is one of the few plastic surgery procedures that may be covered by your health insurance provider in cases of a mastectomy resulting from breast cancer or other medical conditions. If your surgery is not covered by your insurance, our office offers financing and flexible payment methods.
For women who have survived cancer and undergone a mastectomy, it may be crucial to restoring their self-confidence through breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom of Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester provides breast reconstruction surgery with a compassionate touch for women living in the areas of Shrewsbury and surrounding communities in Massachusetts. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.