How soon can breast reconstruction be performed following a mastectomy?
Atlanta breast reconstruction is sometimes performed at the time of mastectomy or lumpectomy, and sometimes delayed. Some women want the reconstruction process to begin right away, while other women would like to heal and further consider reconstruction. The timing of your Marietta breast reconstruction is largely decided by you.
Will insurance pay for breast reconstruction?
Congress has passed a law that requires insurance carriers to cover the cost of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. In instances where insurance is inadequate to cover the full cost of your Atlanta plastic surgery procedure, one of our team members can discuss financing options that can help ensure you are provided with this important service.
What are the risks of breast reconstruction?
As with any surgery, risks such as bleeding, infection, and improper wound healing are possible. If you have breast reconstruction with breast implants, risks such as capsular contracture are also possible.
Marietta reconstructive surgeon Dr. Crispin is a board certified plastic surgeon and a member of both the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. All of his Atlanta breast surgery procedures are performed in accredited local surgical facilities where every care is taken to ensure your safety and satisfaction with this breast reconstruction procedure.
Is there a risk of breast reconstruction interfering with future cancer screening?
Brest reconstruction should not interfere with future cancer screenings. It may require alternatives to traditional mammograms. Make sure to let your doctor know that you have had breast reconstruction surgery to allow them to choose the appropriate diagnostic methods for detecting cancer.
Breast reconstruction will not increase your chance of cancer. It will neither increase the likelihood of a reappearance of your original tumor nor delay diagnosis of a reappearance.
How long does recovery from breast reconstruction take?
Healing from your Marietta breast reconstruction can take up to six weeks. During the first few weeks, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. Atlanta cosmetic surgeon Dr. Crispin will work with you on ways you can reduce any pain and minimize swelling.
Work can generally be resumed within one week. More strenuous activity will need to wait until you have been cleared by Dr. Crispin. At any point before, during, and after your treatment, Dr. Crispin and his plastic surgery team are available to you to address any questions and concerns you may have.
If you live in Atlanta, Marietta, or the surrounding areas of Georgia and have questions about breast reconstruction, please contact Crispin Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Crispin can answer all of your Atlanta breast reconstruction questions during your initial consultation.