The good news is there are a lot of options for breast reconstruction after mastectomy and lumpectomy. First, a couple principles: number one—reconstruction is a process. I know everybody wants to get reconstruction done immediately after surgery. I understand that, but the reality is to get the best possible results, reconstruction is a process that generally involves multiple steps.

The first step, which can be performed at the time of mastectomy, is to restore the breast mound with either an implant or using your own tissue. The second step, which is usually a smaller outpatient surgery, is to finalize or fine-tune your reconstructed breast result. At the same time, we will generally perform a procedure on the other breast to achieve symmetry. The second procedure is to really fine-tune your results and to give you the best possible symmetry. The third step is generally an option, which is nipple reconstruction, which is a small 15 to 30-minute procedure. The last step is areolar tattooing, which is not a surgical procedure, but it’s done in the office.

The other principle for breast reconstruction, and the good news for breast reconstruction, is that all reconstructive techniques after breast cancer are covered by your insurance thanks to a 1998 federal law. Even though we’re going to talk to you about achieving the best possible cosmetic goals, we’ll talk to you about what your cosmetic goals are and the type of result you’re trying to achieve with reconstruction. All of this is covered by your insurance as a reconstructive modality after cancer treatment.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Doctor Bob Basu discusses Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Houston.