Plastic surgery is divided into two broad categories: cosmetic and reconstructive. Cosmetic surgery describes procedures done to enhance and improve one’s appearance. A tummy tuck is an example of a cosmetic procedure. Since cosmetic procedures are generally elective, they are not covered by insurance. By contrast, reconstructive surgery describes procedures that correct problems caused by injuries, disease or congenital defects. Reconstructive surgery can restore function as well as improve appearance. Among the most well-known types of reconstructive surgery is breast reconstruction, which can be performed after or in conjunction with mastectomy.
What Is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast cancer is a difficult and frightening battle. Treatment for this disease often includes a mastectomy, a procedure that removes the breast to prevent the cancer from spreading. While mastectomy can be a life-saving procedure, many women who undergo it often feel that a piece of their femininity has been stolen from them. Breast reconstruction can help a breast cancer survivor reclaim her sense of self with extremely natural-looking results. The procedure is typically separated into two categories: immediate and delayed. Both categories come with their own specific advantages, and Dr. Stephens will help you make an informed decision about which type to get during your consultation.
Immediate Breast Reconstruction
Immediate breast reconstruction is performed along with mastectomy. Among the many benefits that this procedure offers, the emotional distress that it spares the patient is possibly the biggest. Since immediate reconstruction is done in a single procedure with mastectomy, a woman who chooses this option can bypass the difficulty of living for some time with one or both breasts missing. Dr. Stephens will work closely with an oncologist during the surgery to ensure the absolute best results.
Delayed Breast Reconstruction
Delayed breast reconstruction offers the advantage of allowing the patient to wait until all of her remaining cancer treatments, if needed, have been completed. This type of reconstruction is itself divided into two subcategories: implant/expander and autologous. Implant/expander reconstruction involves reconstructing the breast with an implant, which is usually constructed of either silicone or saline. Autologous reconstruction reconstructs the breast with tissue taken from a donor area on the patient’s body. If you choose this type of breast reconstruction, Dr. Stephens will help you decide which method will benefit you the most.
Learn More About Breast Reconstruction with Dr. Stephens
Breast reconstruction can help a woman reclaim her quality of life after breast cancer. If you are ready to restore one or both of your breasts, schedule a consultation with our trusted, experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon at the office of J. Anthony Stephens, MD. Dr. Stephens serves the Baton Rouge with a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, each tailored to every individual patient’s needs. Schedule your consultation with us today.