Dr. Beam offers breast reconstruction surgery for patients in Glastonbury, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven and surrounding areas of Connecticut, for patients who want to restore the natural look of the breasts after injury or a mastectomy.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores breasts to their natural shape and contour following trauma to the area or a mastectomy. Through several plastic surgery techniques, it is possible to regain or increase the shape and size of the breasts. Breast reconstruction can help women regain their confidence and feel comfortable about their bodies after a mastectomy, and Dr. Beam can help create a personalized plan by taking into account the extent of the mastectomy along with your aesthetic desires and physical needs.
What are the Benefits of Breast Reconstruction?
The main goal for this surgery is to give you natural-looking results so you can feel comfortable in your own skin. Breast reconstruction is frequently performed on patients who want to restore the natural shape and contour of their breasts after a mastectomy or trauma and offers the following benefits:
- Potentially avoids the need for prosthetics
- Allows a more natural appearance of the breasts under clothing
- Returns symmetry between breasts following a mastectomy
- Improves self-esteem
What is the Procedure for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
With breast reconstruction, Dr. Beam will work to make the new breast match the natural breast as closely as possible. For patients with a double mastectomy, he will create new breasts that meet the desires of the patient. There are several techniques performed with breast reconstruction depending on the patient’s desires, overall health, weight, physical lifestyle, support network, and other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Beam will discuss the options that fit best with your situation. The two primary options available for our breast reconstruction patients are:
- Flap Reconstruction: Dr. Beam will relocate the tissue to your chest from an area of your body, such as back, buttocks or abdomen.
- Implant-Based Reconstruction: Dr. Beam will place a balloon expander beneath the chest muscle and skin to create a pocket where the implant can be inserted.
What Can I Expect After Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Most patients feel sore for about two weeks after implants, and slightly longer after flap procedures. To help alleviate this discomfort, we will recommend a compression bra and oral pain medication. Most patients can return to light work after two weeks and should avoid heavy lifting for at least four weeks.
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Surgery Cost?
In most cases, your insurance will cover breast reconstruction surgery. Please call our office to see if we participate with your insurance company. Dr. Beam and his staff can discuss pricing and financing options with you at your initial consultation.
Harold E. Beam M.D. offers breast reconstruction surgery to patients in Glastonbury, New Britain, Hartford, New Haven and surrounding areas of Connecticut. Contact Dr. Beam today to schedule your consultation!