Breast Reconstruction in Richmond, VA
As a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you face an overwhelming number of decisions about your health and well-being. One of your most difficult decisions is to have one or both breasts removed. If you feel less feminine because of the changes to your breasts, we can help with breast reconstruction. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers breast reconstruction for women in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is one or more surgical procedures that restore the shape of your breasts after a mastectomy. The surgery can be performed on women who have had a partial or full mastectomy on one or both breasts. The board-certified plastic surgeons of Richmond Plastic Surgeons specialize in several techniques for breast reconstruction. The surgery can be performed at the time that you have your mastectomy or at a later time.
Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
Each of our breast reconstruction patients has her own individual goals and reasons for having breast reconstruction. The skill of our surgeons mean that you have a variety of options based on your body and needs.
Autologous breast reconstruction uses tissue from a donor area on your body to reconstruct the breast. The location of the donor area is based upon your individual anatomy.
- Specific techniques that use flaps from your abdomen include DIEP, SIEA and TRAM flap reconstruction.
- Latissimus flap reconstruction uses tissue from your back.
- SGAP and IGAP use tissue from your buttocks and hips.
- TUG uses tissue from your thighs.
Your surgeon may recommend the use of breast implants, which may also involve a tissue expander to stretch the skin to accommodate the breast implant.
Fat Transfer for Breast Reconstruction
Richmond Plastic Surgeons often uses fat transfer for breast augmentation, and now we use this advanced technique for our breast reconstruction patients. Fat transfer involves extracting fat from an area of your body via liposuction. The fat is then processed and carefully injected into areas of the breast. We use this technique to refine the results of breast reconstruction as well as for lipo-filling to add volume that improves overall breast position, shape and symmetry.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
The ideal candidate for breast reconstruction is a woman who wants to:
- Integrate breast reconstruction with her mastectomy, or
- Restore her breasts after having a mastectomy and has completed her cancer treatment
What Do I Need to Do Before Having Breast Reconstruction?
Before having breast reconstruction, you should understand all your options. Meeting with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons who specializes in breast reconstruction gives you the reliable and accurate information you need to make a confident decision.
What Should I Expect During My Breast Reconstruction Consultation?
Your surgeon will review your medical history, including your cancer treatment and mastectomy. A physical examination is performed to evaluate the status of your breasts and surrounding tissue. We then discuss your goals for breast reconstruction and make recommendations about how to proceed.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Breast Reconstruction?
*You will have scars from your breast reconstruction. Whenever possible, we will use the same incision lines that were needed for your mastectomy.
When Will I See the Results?
*Initial results are seen immediately after the surgery, but full results take some time to allow the swelling to subside.
What Are Possible Complications of Breast Reconstruction?
All surgeries carry a degree of risk and complications. When the procedures are performed by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, complications are rare. Your surgeon will explain the possible risks during the consultation appointment.
How Long Will the Results of Breast Reconstruction Last?
*The results of breast reconstruction are long-term.
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost in Richmond?
Breast reconstruction may be covered by insurance. After your consultation, we provide a detailed cost so that you can review your budget and be prepared to pay for the procedure. We accept several payment options, and financing is available through CareCredit®.
Breast reconstruction is often the final step in a woman’s battle against breast cancer. Because you want the surgery to mark a new beginning in your life, you need to receive the utmost care by a board-certified plastic surgeon at Richmond Plastic Surgery. If you live in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia, contact Richmond Plastic Surgeons to schedule your personal consultation.
*Individual results may vary.