Getting diagnosed with breast cancer can be the most terrifying journey of a woman’s life. Overcoming your battle with breast cancer can leave you filled with joy but also worried about the next step. Many women struggle to overcome the negative feelings that can stem from losing their breasts due to a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction surgery can help women reclaim their confidence and bodies following their breast cancer battle.
Breast reconstruction can be performed in conjunction with a mastectomy or at a later stage. Women who have undergone a unilateral or bilateral mastectomy can benefit from the restorative aspects of reconstructive surgery. Women may not qualify for immediate reconstruction if they still need to undergo radiation or chemotherapy.
Dr. Barlow will work in tandem with your oncologist to ensure you receive the most natural results possible. Immediately following your mastectomy, a new breast pocket will be created in which a tissue expander or possibly an implant can be placed. The implants will help shape and restore the appearance of your breasts.
In cases where there is not adequate breast tissue remaining to craft an implant pocket, a tissue expander can be used. An empty expander implant will be placed under the existing breast tissue and gradually filled with a saline solution over time to expand the breast tissue. This process can take several weeks to months. Once a proper pocket has been created, the expander is removed and replaced with the permanent implant.
Many women who choose breast reconstruction surgery find that their results help them heal emotionally from their breast cancer battle. Breast reconstruction will provide realistic, long-lasting results.
By law, insurance carriers that cover the cost of breast cancer treatment must also cover the cost of breast reconstruction surgery. They also are required to cover aesthetic improvements to the opposite breast in order to achieve the most symmetrical, natural-looking results possible.
If you wish to restore the appearance of your breasts after a mastectomy through breast reconstruction surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Haven Barlow today. Dr. Barlow is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge and experience in breast reconstruction. Contact Annapolis at 410-224-2395 or Tyson’s Corner at 703-448-3800 or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.
"The best thing about the surgery for me was how comforting Dr. Barlow was. Getting any surgery is always nerve wracking, but anytime Dr. Barlow came in the room and would begin talking ”all of my fears would go away."