Have you faced the prospect of a mastectomy and wondered whether you should consider breast reconstruction in Boca Raton?
When you\'re battling breast cancer or another disfiguring disease, you\'re worried about your health. It\'s understandable that breast reconstruction may not be at the top of your list of concerns. But you may want to give it some thought – many mastectomy patients report that breast reconstruction helps them feel strong and feminine again, improving their outlook and sense of well-being. Some even see it as a way to mark their triumph over a very difficult time and move forward with a new phase of their life.
More than most other kinds of breast surgery, breast reconstruction requires strategy and planning. Request a consultation to discuss your Boca Raton breast reconstruction options with Dr. Steven Schuster or Dr. Daniel Kovacs. Both surgeons are experienced in working with mastectomy patients and are sensitive to the challenges they face. They\'ll work with you – and coordinate with your insurance company – to come up with a plan that suits your needs.
The Basics – Boca Raton Breast Reconstruction
At Schuster Plastic Surgery, breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as your mastectomy or after your breast has been removed and you\'ve had time to heal. The approach that\'s best for you should be a joint decision between your primary physician, your mastectomy surgeon, Dr. Schuster or Dr. Kovacs, and you.
There are a number of breast reconstruction techniques. One utilizes a tissue expander or temporary, inflatable implant to stretch your skin in preparation for a permanent breast implant. This technique normally involves two procedures. Another method utilizes your own skin, and sometimes your own muscle and fat, from your back or your abdomen. With these \"flap\" techniques, an implant may or may not be incorporated.
Your Procedure, Your New Look
Breast reconstruction in Boca Raton with Dr. Schuster or Dr. Kovacs is usually performed under general anesthesia. The duration of your surgery and your recovery time will vary quite a bit depending on your surgical plan. Your surgeon will discuss all these details with you during your consultation.
You have every reason to anticipate being very satisfied with the outcome of your surgery. You\'ll enjoy a natural-looking bustline without the need to use prostheses and choose clothing very carefully. Breast reconstruction techniques have improved dramatically in recent years, and newly reconstructed breasts look better than ever. You should be prepared for the fact that your new breast won\'t look exactly like your remaining breast, however. Some patients elect to have surgery on their natural breast, usually a lift or reduction, so their breasts will be more similar to each other after reconstruction.
Dr. Schuster and Dr. Kovacs have the attributes you will be looking for as you consider reconstruction. Both have many years of extensive training and surgical experience. In addition, Dr. Schuster invests in continuing education to ensure he stays current as breast reconstruction techniques advance. He looks forward to helping you make key decisions and playing a role in your continued good health and self-confidence.
The Doctors Answer Your Questions
Breast reconstruction is more complex than many other plastic surgery procedures, and we\'ll have many topics to discuss during your consultation. Rest assured that you will have all the time you need to ask questions and think over your options. Until we get started, here are some answers to common questions about breast reconstruction in Boca Raton.
Isn\'t breast reconstruction painful?
Breast reconstruction is somewhat more invasive than other surgeries; therefore, you can expect to feel discomfort for several days or even a few weeks after your procedure. Most patients who take prescription medication on schedule find they can manage their discomfort adequately.
Depending on many factors, an internal pain pump may be an option for you. We will discuss this aspect of your breast reconstruction during your consultation.
Will I have a nipple and areola after reconstruction?
For most women, reconstructing a nipple and areola involves a second surgery. Fortunately, it is a relatively simple procedure and just minimally invasive.
What are the benefits of a flap technique over using an implant?
Patients who\'ve chosen the flap technique often say their new breast feels very natural, composed of their own skin and tissue. On the other hand, flap surgery involves more scars and a more difficult recovery. We\'ll discuss the merits of the different approaches in person when you come in for your consultation.
If you are ready to meet with Dr. Schuster or Dr. Kovacs, you can request a complimentary appointment. Give us a call at 561.912.9191 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form. Our breast reconstruction patients come to us from Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Parkland, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and neighboring locations.