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The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore the breast(s) to near normal shape, symmetry and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or other trauma. Breast reconstruction normally involves several procedures performed in stages and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date.
The surgeons of Greenville Plastic Surgery perform the following types of breast reconstruction:
- Post-mastectomy expander/implant: During this staged approach, a tissue expander (temporary device) is placed first to create a soft pocket that will eventually contain the permanent implant. Expansion will begin a few weeks post-op, after the patient has healed, and will be done in office. Once the expansion process is complete, the expander will be exchanged for the permanent implant during an outpatient procedure.
- Latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction: This type of reconstruction is normally combined with an implant to give the surgeon additional options and more control over the aesthetic appearance of the reconstructed breast. At the time of breast reconstruction, the muscle flap, with or without attached skin, is elevated off the back and brought around to the front of the chest wall. This flap provides a source of soft tissue that can help create a more natural looking breast shape compared to an implant alone.
Please discuss with your surgeon which procedure would be most beneficial for you.
Breast reconstruction is covered by most health insurance policies. The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) requires all health plans that cover mastectomies to offer post-mastectomy and reconstructive surgery benefits. Check with your insurance provider to find out what is covered.