Breast reconstruction is a plastic surgery procedure which restores a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy or due to a genetic disorder.
Anesthesia type: General
Facility type: Outpatient surgery center
Recovery time: TBD at consultation
What to expect as you recover: TBD at consultation
About breast reconstruction surgery –
Breast reconstruction surgery rebuilds the breast mound so that it is about the same size and shape as it was before. If the nipple/areola was removed, it can be reconstructed as well. Most women who have had one or both breasts removed (mastectomy) can have reconstruction. Women who have had only the part of the breast around the cancer removed (lumpectomy) may not need reconstruction. A note about symmetry: If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size and position of both breasts.
Restoring volume to the breasts can be done with breast implants or fat transferred from another area of the body (i.e. abdomen, thigh, hip). Dr. Hurvitz will provide his recommendation following the physical evaluation.
Breast reconstruction is a complex procedure that may require multiple surgeries and must be performed by a qualified breast reconstruction surgeon.
Due to the variables associated with breast reconstruction, and every case being vastly different, we are unable to provide specific details on our site as to recovery time, length of surgery, how many surgeries will be required, etc.
We recommend calling our office to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Hurvitz at his Long Beach, CA. office.
Note: If you have medical insurance, please bring that information with you on your first visit. Most reconstruction cases are eligible for reimbursement.