Breast Reconstruction in Richmond, VA
Losing your breasts to cancer or trauma has a real effect on your self-esteem and sense of femininity. Breast reconstruction encompasses techniques that restore your breasts. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers breast reconstruction for women in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
At Richmond Plastic Surgery, we are happy to work with women in the Richmond area who have lost one or both breasts due to cancer treatment or trauma. Our surgeons specialize in the best techniques to restore your breasts using both implants and flaps. If you are considering breast reconstruction, entrust your care to our compassionate and skilled surgeons who provide the support you need at every step of the way.
Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction offers physical and emotional benefits to women who have lost one or both breasts. Your breast shape and size are restored, and this improves your sense of femininity. You feel more confident about your body and more optimistic about the outcome of your mastectomy.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
The ideal candidate for breast reconstruction is a woman who has adequate skin and breast tissue available for the reconstructive process. The surgery can be performed in conjunction with your mastectomy or after you heal from the removal of your breast.
What Do I Need to Do Before Having Breast Reconstruction?
Because breast reconstruction is a restorative procedure, you should only work with an experienced plastic surgeon. These types of surgeons have the skill and expertise to restore the natural shape and size of your breasts. General surgeons do not always have the experience needed to achieve the best outcomes of breast reconstruction.
What Should I Expect on The Day of My Breast Reconstruction?
Our breast reconstruction page provides details about the following breast reconstruction techniques:
- Fat transfer
- Tissue expander
- Direct to Implant
Breast reconstruction can be performed using an implant or tissue flap from another area of your body.
How Long Does It Take to Perform Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction takes one to six hours. You should allow for an additional one to five hours for preparation and recovery.
What to Expect After Breast Reconstruction
During your consultation, our plastic surgeon will explain the healing process, follow-up appointments and long-term outcomes of the surgery.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Breast Reconstruction?
You will have scars after your breast reconstruction surgery. Whenever possible, our plastic surgeon will use the same incision sites that were used for your mastectomy.
When Will I See the Results?
You will see the results of your breast reconstruction immediately after the surgery, although you will have some swelling for several months.
What Are Possible Complications of Breast Reconstruction?
All surgeries have risks associated with the use of anesthesia. You can minimize this risk by sharing your complete medical history with your surgeon. Other complications may include bleeding, infection and undesired appearance. If you have breast implants, these also carry some risks.
How Long Will the Results of Breast Reconstruction Last?
The results of your breast reconstruction are permanent.
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost in Richmond?
In most cases, breast reconstruction is covered by medical insurance. After your consultation, we will explain your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. We offer several payment options to help our patients afford their breast reconstruction, including financing through CareCredit®.
Breast reconstruction is one of the most beneficial surgeries for women who lose one or both breasts due to cancer, trauma and other circumstances. As you consider breast reconstruction, entrust your care to the experienced plastic surgeons of Richmond Plastic Surgeons. Contact us to schedule your personal consultation.