Breast cancer patients often come to Lentz Plastic Surgery for breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction in Ormond Beach is performed in cases where a lumpectomy, mastectomy, or double mastectomy is necessary as part of breast cancer treatment or prevention.
In some cases, reconstruction is performed immediately following removal of the breast tissue, while in others, it is performed on a subsequent date. Timing of the procedure varies based on whether or not radiation therapy is being performed, along with several other factors.
"Communication is the most critical aspect of patient care. Results must match expectations. Without excellent communication, expectations cannot be matched. I spend a lot of time with my patients trying to determine what is the best operation for personal success and achievement of patient goals. "
Your Breast Reconstruction Consultation
During your breast reconstruction consultation with Dr. Ashley K. Lentz, Dr. Lentz will look over your complete medical history. She will discuss reconstruction techniques with you in depth, ensuring that you develop an in-depth understanding of your options.
Dr. Lentz will perform a physical examination, and photographs may be taken for reference. The two of you will talk about your needs and goals for the procedure. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have. After Dr. Lentz has created a surgical plan for your procedure, a date will be set for the surgery.
Dr. Lentz will perform your Breast Reconstruction surgery at Advent Health Daytona Beach or Halifax Health Hospital - Port Orange.
Every surgery carries the risk of a complication, including elective cosmetic surgery. Complications are rare, but they do occur. CosmetAssure provides you with insurance coverage in the unlikely event a complication occurs with a board certified plastic surgeon. CosmetAssure is a solution to the lack of coverage for medical complications that can occur during or after your surgery.
The breast reconstruction procedure can take anywhere from two to eight hours. It involves the administration of general anesthesia at the start, which ensures that the patient does not feel any pain throughout the operation.
In many cases, this procedure is performed using flap reconstruction. This involves the harvesting of a flap of tissue from another area of the body. Common areas include the thighs, back, abdomen, and buttocks. The tissue flap is grafted in the chest area and shaped to reconstruct the breast.
In some cases, a breast implant is placed in order to create new volume. To make a space for the implant in the tissues, it may be necessary to first place a tissue expander. A tissue expander is a prosthetic device that is gradually filled with saline over the course of several visits to expand the chest. Once expansion is complete, the expander is removed and a breast implant is placed.
Nipple and areola reconstruction can be performed as part of the breast reconstruction process. Once breast reconstruction is complete, the incisions are closed with the help of sutures.
Recovery After Breast Reconstruction
Following your breast reconstruction surgery, you will need to spend a couple days in the hospital. You will be closely monitored to ensure that no complications occur.
Once you have returned home, it will be time to rest and recover. During this period, following Dr. Lentz’s recovery directions will be incredibly important. This will preserve the quality of your results and will make for a more comfortable healing process overall.
Wearing a surgical bra will help support your breast tissues as they heal. Bruising and swelling will be present in the area and will slowly fade. To aid in this process, cold compresses can be used as directed.
You will need to take time off from work. Additionally, you will need to avoid physically taxing activities like sports and heavy exercise.
Once all swelling is gone and the healing process is complete, you will be able to see your final results.
Breast Reconstruction Cost
Typically, the price of a breast reconstruction procedure is covered by the patient’s health insurance. It’s best to contact your insurance provider to ask about coverage.
Arrange Your Consultation
Contact Lentz Plastic Surgery to find out more about breast reconstruction in Ormond Beach. Dr. Lentz will be happy to meet with you for a consultation, so set up your appointment today.