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Breast Reconstruction

For many women, losing their partial or entire breasts to cancer-related procedures can affect their overall well-being and self-confidence. It is a sensitive and difficult situation, causing some to even feel less feminine about their appearance. Breast reconstruction surgery offers promising outcomes to many women who have lost confidence as a result of their breast removal.


What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is a term that refers to various surgical techniques used to reconstruct a patient’s breast after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. At Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery, our renowned, board-certified surgeons have decades of combined experience in breast reconstruction procedures.

At your consultation, your surgeon will listen to your concerns and goals and examine your breasts to determine their recommended treatment plan. They will go over all of your breast reconstruction options and inform you about the pros and cons of each one, including the results you can expect, the risks associated with the procedure, and what your recovery may look like post-surgery.

Before your breast reconstruction surgery, your provider will require you to undergo pre-screening testing to ensure you are a good candidate for this procedure. Once you are cleared for surgery, our surgical team will schedule your procedure and give you any pre-surgery instructions you may need to prepare for your breast reconstruction journey. 

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Your surgeon’s techniques to reconstruct your breasts will depend on your unique situation and goals. You can trust that your board-certified surgeon at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery will help you choose the best breast reconstruction technique to fit your vision. Some of the breast reconstruction techniques that your surgeon may use include one of or a combination of the following:

Flap Reconstruction 

Flap reconstruction involves extracting tissue from another area of your body (like your abdomen) to build a new breast mound. This is similar to fat grafting but more complex since the transfer includes skin, muscle, and blood vessels, not just fat. There are multiple techniques and types of flaps that your surgeon at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery may offer to restore your breast contours.

Autologous Fat Grafting

Fat grafting is one of the least invasive breast reconstruction and augmentation procedures. During a fat grafting procedure, your surgeon will use liposuction techniques to harvest fat from other parts of your body and carefully inject it into your breast(s). This procedure will help augment and improve any breast deformities, providing natural-looking breast contours. Common donor sites for the fat graft are the thighs, love handles, or abdomen.

Breast Implants

Breast implants are one of the most common breast reconstruction and breast augmentation options. During a breast reconstruction with implants, your surgeon inserts implants tailored to your desired size, shape, and material. Popular breast implants are made of silicone or saline, and they last for many years.

Nipple / Areola Reconstruction

A nipple reconstruction involves rebuilding your nipple and areola. Various techniques can recreate your nipple-areola areas, including 3D tattooing a few months after breast reconstruction surgery. At our surgical facility, our experienced plastic surgeons also offer nipple correction procedures to help reshape, resize, and restore your nipples.

The duration of your entire procedure will depend on the type and the amount of breast reconstruction techniques that are utilized. We will administer local or general anesthesia for your comfort, depending on how invasive your procedure is. Most breast reconstructions are performed under general anesthesia.

After your breast reconstruction surgery, your breast(s) will be covered with a surgical compression garment to help with healing, promote circulation, and reduce swelling. Your provider will also place a temporary tube under your skin to drain excess fluid.

It may take six to eight weeks to make a full recovery, depending on the type of procedure(s) you have done. You will likely need to avoid strenuous and heavy lifting activities during this time. Closely follow your surgeon’s post-surgery recommendations and instructions to ensure a fast and healthy recovery.

Your Newport Beach board-certified surgeon will be able to provide a more detailed recovery plan and timeline during your consultation and pre-op appointment. Make sure to attend your follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure you are healing well.

No matter what type of breast reconstruction procedure you have, you can expect long-lasting, natural-looking improvement. If you get breast implants, you can usually expect them to last anywhere from 10 to 20 years; however, we recommend you replace them every 8-10 years to prevent implant rupture. Often, it may take a couple of months for your implants to settle into the proper position. 

The results are typically permanent with other breast reconstruction techniques like fat grafting or flap reconstruction. Although they will last indefinitely, your breasts may naturally change with age or weight fluctuations. The best way to maintain your breast reconstruction results is by keeping a stable weight and leading a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and exercise.  

If you had a mastectomy or lumpectomy or want to improve the appearance of disfigured or abnormal-looking breasts, you may be a good candidate for breast reconstruction.  

Additionally, ideal candidates for breast reconstruction surgery are patients free from wound healing issues with positive, realistic expectations for the surgery outcome. Women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding are not good candidates for this procedure. 

The best way to know if you can benefit from breast reconstruction surgery is to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery. Our surgeons are experts in breast reconstruction techniques and can answer any questions you may have about the surgery.

The national average cost of breast reconstruction procedures is $15,225Several factors will influence the cost of breast reconstruction, such as your geographic location, your provider’s experience, facility fees, and the cost of anesthesia.

This is only a rough estimate, and your cost will depend on your unique procedure, what techniques are used, and if one or both breasts are being reconstructed. If you have breast augmentation using implants, the type of implants you choose will also affect the price.

At Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer various financing options to make your treatment accessible and affordable. We are happy to discuss these options during your consultation and help you develop an individualized treatment plan so you’ll know what to expect.

Take the Next Step

As soon as you step into our Newport Beach office, our welcoming staff will carefully listen to your concerns and guide you through your treatment journey. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery will be happy to discuss your cosmetic goals, review the pros and cons of the treatment you are considering, and create a personalized treatment plan that will deliver the best outcome for you. 

To learn more about breast reconstruction and the innovative treatments offered at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, contact our office by calling (949) 617-1168 or by filling out the consultation request form below.

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