Dr. Soto will listen to your concerns from the onset of your diagnosis and give you a comprehensive physical exam, so he can gauge what will work best for you. His breast reconstruction patients come from all over the Tri-state area including the New York City region, Englewood, Manhattan and New Jersey. He and his staff have considerable experience helping women rebuild their breasts – and their lives.
There are many factors involved when you are deciding whether to undergo breast reconstruction.
The procedure is designed for one of several reasons: to restore symmetry after loss of a breast(s) following a mastectomy, to increase the size of a naturally smaller breast, to restore lost volume after pregnancy, weight loss or breastfeeding, or help achieve improved symmetry.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Losing a breast to disease or injury can be devastating for a woman. A lumpectomy (partial removal) or mastectomy (full removal) can leave you feeling physically and emotionally incomplete. With breast reconstruction you can regain your feminine silhouette with the creation of soft, natural-looking breasts. Breast reconstruction is one of the most rewarding procedures Dr. Norberto Soto performs in his practice.
About Breast Reconstruction Surgery
There are numerous techniques for breast reconstruction. Other options for breast reconstruction can include tissue from the abdomen such as a TRAM in addition tissues from the buttock, posterior thigh and back can also be used. The most common procedure is an implant-based reconstruction which is usually performed in several stages, first placing a tissue expander and then replacing it with the perfect permanent implant several months later.
When determining the best treatment for patients undergoing breast reconstruction it is important to understand whether a patient is having a single or bilateral mastectomy, whether they have significant medical issues or previous surgical procedures that may affect the blood supply to the surgical area and the possibility for the need of post-operative radiation therapy. Breast reconstruction combined with mastectomy can have a lengthy recovery and patients should be prepared to take a significant time off from work. Breast reconstruction is a complex surgical procedure and can have complications ranging from small bleeding and infection to more severe complications that can lead to complete loss of the reconstruction.
Patient should be aware of these issues and they should be discussed extensively with Dr. Soto prior to undertaking the surgical procedure.
Secondary procedures such as implant reconstruction, nipple reconstruction, tattooing and fat grafting can all be performed to improve the cosmetic result and restore the appearance of the breast to its natural shape and feel.
Breast reconstruction encompasses various methods:
- The flap technique repositions a woman’s own muscle, fat and skin to create or cover the breast mound.
- Tissue expansion involves the insertion of an expander that is slowly filled, via an internal valve, for several months to stretch the skin.
- A breast implant can be used as an addition to or an alternative to the flap technique.
Dr. Soto will help you determine the best option for you. Patients can have their breast reconstruction performed with their mastectomy or lumpectomy, or they can delay it until all their other treatments are completed.
Breast reconstruction cost are often covered by many medical insurance plans and our office can assist you in determining your medical benefits. For your financing needs, Prosper® is offered. The procedure is highly individualized, so breast reconstruction prices will fluctuate accordingly. If you would like to obtain more detailed information about breast reconstruction costs, then please discuss your case with Dr. Soto and his caring staff.