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Reconstructive Breast Surgery Questions

Reconstructive Breast Surgery Questions

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica

Which type of breast reconstruction will work best for me?

Both the autologus and prosthetic breast reconstructions are very effective methods that can produce major improvement in diseased or injured breast tissue. For Dr. Kim to make a recommendation, you will first need to visit our Los Angeles plastic surgery practice for a comprehensive physical evaluation and medical history review. In cases where a reconstruction is desired at the same time as a mastectomy, we can work with your cancer surgeon to determine the perfect reconstruction solution. Please schedule a breast reconstruction consultation to review the advantages of each type.

Should I have breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy)?

The question of breast-conserving surgery is two questions. First, you must talk to your breast cancer surgeon about whether you are a candidate for a lumpectomy. If so, then you might want to consider whether lumpectomy or mastectomy plus reconstruction will be more likely to give you the cosmetic results you desire.

Will my breast reconstruction be covered by my health insurance provider?

Typically, breast reconstruction is a mandatory coverage under federal law. We would be happy to call your provider to find out how much coverage you are entitled to.

Where is the breast reconstruction surgery performed?

Our Beverly Hills plastic surgery center offers a state-of-the-art surgical suite.

What type of anesthesia is used during breast reconstruction?

A certified anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia and monitor you during the entire procedure. You will be unconscious (asleep) for the duration. Please let Dr. Kim know if you are allergic to any medication or have experienced adverse side effect with anesthesia in the past.

What can I expect during the healing period?

Every person heals at a different rate, but there are things you can do to ensure that you are right on track for recovery. Dr. Kim will review the post-operative care instructions and give you a timeline for when you can return to your everyday activities. Depending on the type of reconstruction performed, a full recovery can take upwards of six weeks. Physical activities may be restricted anywhere from 3 – 6 weeks, and it can take 8 weeks or more to eliminate bruising and swelling.

For answers to all your questions about breast reconstruction, please contact breast surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim today. Dr. Kim offers in-depth personal consultations so we have the opportunity to get to know you not just as a new patient, but also as a person who needs and deserves compassionate personal care.