Breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer is considered a reconstructive procedure and should be covered by health insurance.
There are options beyond silicone implants. Your breasts can be reconstructed using your own tissue, eliminating the need for implants and allowing for breasts that look and feel natural.
Most breast cancer patients who have had a mastectomy are candidates for breast reconstruction. Reconstruction can occur at the same time as a mastectomy or after you complete other cancer treatments. Patients who have received radiation therapy can be eligible for reconstruction.
If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size, shape and position of both breasts.
The final results of breast reconstruction following mastectomy can help lessen the physical and emotional impact of mastectomy. Over time, some breast sensation may return, and scar lines will improve, although they’ll never disappear completely.
You have the right to request a consult with a plastic surgeon to discuss your reconstruction options. A plastic surgeon will be able to identify the reconstruction option that is best for you and provide information about the best time to perform a reconstruction.
For more information about breast reconstruction, watch our Breast Reconstructive Surgery videos
Breast Reconstruction Surgery 1: Know Your Rights and Options
Breast Reconstruction Surgery 2: What Is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast Reconstruction Surgery 3: Who Is A Candidate?
Breast Reconstruction Surgery 4: Preparing For Your Surgery