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COST

Prices fir breast reconstruction can vary. A surgeon’s cost may be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, and geographic office location.

COST MAY INCLUDE:
Anesthesia fees
Hospital or surgical facility costs
Medical tests
Post-surgery garments
Prescriptions for medication
Surgeon’s fee
Breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer is considered a reconstructive procedure and should be covered by health insurance. However, your coverage may only provide a small part of the total fee.

Your satisfaction involves more than a fee:
When choosing a plastic surgeon for breast reconstruction, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting an American society of plastic surgeons (ASPS) member you can trust. ASPS member surgeons meet rigorous standards:
Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or in Canada by the Royal college of physicians and surgeons of Canada
Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgeon residency training
Pass comprehensive oral and written exam
Graduate from an accredited medical school
Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety each year
Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities

DO NOT BE CONFUSED BY OTHER OFFICIAL SOUNDING BOARDS AND CERTIFICATION.
The ABPS is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which has approved medical specialty boards since 1934. There is no ABMS recognized certifying board with “COSMETIC SURGERY” in its name. by choosing a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you can be assured that you are choosing a qualified, highly trained plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the ABPS or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


BREAST REDUCTION
What is breast reduction?
Consultation and preparing for surgery
The procedure
Risk and Safety
Recovery After Surgery/Results
Cost

WHAT IS BREAST REDUCTION?
Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems. In addition to self image issues, you may also experience physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breast can be as important an issue as the physical discomfort and pain.
Breast reduction also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

BREAST REDUCTION IS A GOOD OPTION FOR YOU IF YOU:
Are physically healthy
Have realistic expectations
Don’t smoke
Are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large 
Have breasts that limits your physical activity
Experience back, neck and shoulder pain
Have shoulder indentations from bra straps
Have skin irritation beneath the breast crease

CONSULTATION AND PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
DURING YOUR CONSULTATION BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS:
Your surgical goals
Medical conditions, drug allergies, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
Previous surgeries
Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies 

YOUR SURGEON WILL ALSO:
Evaluate your general health status and any preexisting health conditions or risk factors
Examine your breast and may take detailed measurements on their size, skin quality and location of your nipples and areolas
Take photographs
Discuss your options
Recommend a course of treatment 
Discuss likely outcomes of breast reduction and any risks or potential complications
Discuss the use of anesthesia during your breast reduction

PRIOR TO SURGERY, YOU MAY BE ASKED TO:
Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
Provide the result of your recent mammogram, or obtain a new mammogram if you are not up to date with the recommended guidelines
Stop smoking
Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

Breast reduction surgery may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility, licensed ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital. If your breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following the surgery

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon questions, it’s very important to understand all aspects of your breast reduction. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon

THE PROCEDURE
Breast reduction involves making incisions on the breast skin to remove the excess breast tissue and skin.
In some cases, the excess fat may be removed through liposuction in conjunction with excision technique described below. If breast size is largely due to fatty tissue and excess skin is not a factor, liposuction alone may be used for breast reduction.
The technique used to reduce the size of your breast will be determined by your individual anatomy, breast composition, amount of reduction desired, your personal preferences and the surgeon’s advice.

STEP 1- Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
STEP 2- The incision
Incision options include:
A keyhole or racquet-shaped pattern
An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern

STEP 3- Removing tissue and repositioning
After the incision is made, the nipple- which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply-is then repositioned. The areola diameter is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter, if necessary. Underlying breast tissue is reduced and the remaining breast tissue is lifted and shaped. Rarely, in extremely large breasted women, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and repositioned to a higher position on the breast (free nipple graft)

STEP 4- Closing the incisions
The incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breast. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts; sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape close to the skin. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.

The incision lines that remain are visible and permanent scars, although usually well concealed beneath a swimsuit or bra.

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