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Breast Reconstruction

Best Orange County Breast Reconstruction

Age. Gravity. Genetics. Child-Bearing.

Time aside, there are countless factors aging our appearance. At CosmetiCare, our mission is to share the best treatment solutions so you can always Love the Way You Look™.

  • Want to restore your natural breast shape and size after undergoing a mastectomy/lumpectomy?
  • Looking to improve or correct breast symmetry?
  • Want to look (and begin to feel) like yourself again?

All About Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a surgical option to restore a more natural, symmetrical shape to your breasts after mastectomy — surgery that removes your breast to treat or prevent breast cancer. This procedure can be performed during a mastectomy, or in a procedure following the healing of a mastectomy/lumpectomy with the ultimate goal of helping you look (and feel) like yourself again.

Procedure At-A-Glance

Procedure

Surgical, General Anesthesia

Healing Downtime

1 - 2 Weeks

Optimum Results

4 - 6 Months

Frequently Combined With

Doctor Specialty

Five-Star Results From Award-Winning Plastic Surgeons

CosmetiCare is one of the most recognized names in aesthetic services throughout the nation. With a carefully selected team of award-winning Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons and more than 100,000 stories of transformation for over 35 years, we are committed to helping you Love the Way You Look.

Real-Patient Results

View our Breast Reconstruction before and after gallery for actual-patient outcomes.

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Journey to the Best You

Here’s what to expect during your surgical journey with CosmetiCare

Consultation

Discuss your options and ask any questions that you may have with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.

Simulation

Want to see your New Look Now? Virtually “try on” any procedure free-of-cost using our photo simulation tool.

Surgery

Get ready to look & feel your best with one of our renowned board-certified plastic surgeons performing your surgery.

Recovery

Trust our staff to guide you through the recovery process, providing tips and tools to make it as smooth as possible.

Testimonials

Breast Implant Exchange

Actual CosmetiCare Patient

4.5/5 based on 359 reviews

“I’m absolutely in love with my breasts again. I can rave enough about my experience with absolutely everyone in this office. Wish I could show pictures but trust me when I say I have beautiful breasts again like when I was 20. They might even be better!”

Heike B.

Breast Implant Exchange

Actual CosmetiCare Patient

Breast Reconstruction Procedures

We utilize 2 primary reconstruction techniques to ensure the best results, in addition to nipple reconstruction. During your consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss the most ideal techniques to address your main concerns.

Implant-Based

An implant (either saline or silicone) is used to recreate the shape of the breast.

Most common option for reconstruction
Often combined with flap technique for ideal results.

Learn more about Breast Augmentation and Implants

Natural-Tissue Based

This technique, known as the “Flap” method, uses your own natural breast tissue (skin, fat, blood cells, muscle) from another part of the body (abdomen, buttock, or back) to rebuild the breast.

More complicated procedure vs. implant option

Implant + Natural-Tissue

Combination procedures are also often utilized, involving both implant & natural breast tissue. Your surgeon will walk you through the best game plan to treat your breast concerns during your consultation.

Nipple Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction may also entail reconstruction of your nipple, if you choose, including tattooing to define the dark area of skin surrounding your nipple (areola).

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is Breast Reconstruction in Orange County?

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will prescribe the perfect treatment plan and provide you with an estimate to achieve your aesthetic goals.

We also offer up to 24-month financing options to help our patients pay off the cost of their procedure over time. In just minutes, you can apply here to see what you are pre-qualified for before your consultation.

How long does it take to recover from Breast Reconstruction surgery?

For at least three to four weeks after your breast reconstruction procedure, you should be avoiding the following to help reduce bleeding, bruising, or swelling:
– Strenuous activity
– Repetitive arm motions
– Lifting, pulling or pushing anything over 10 pounds

Your surgeon will clear you to start returning to regular activity.

Full Recovery Estimates:
– Four to six weeks for tissue expander placement or implant-based reconstruction
– Six to eight weeks for tissue-based reconstruction

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the procedure outlining recovery, healing, and realistic expectations so you leave well equipped to make the best decision.

When will I see Breast Reconstruction results?

Body frame and the type of reconstruction you had will dictate your timetable for results.

You’ll see immediate results from breast implants, but it will take longer to see results from flap reconstruction involving larger incisions and more swelling.

Reconstructed breasts can take three to six+ months before women see the final size and appearance of their new breasts.

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the procedure, outlining the recovery and healing process along with realistic expectations so you leave well equipped to make the best decision.

Can I have breast reconstruction without breast implants?

Yes. A tissue FLAP procedure (also known as autologous tissue reconstruction) is a technique that uses tissue from other parts of your body, such as your tummy, back, thighs, or buttocks, to rebuild the breast shape.

Tissue flaps generally look more natural and behave more like natural breast tissue than breast implants. For instance, they may get bigger or smaller as you gain or lose weight.

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the recommended procedure, outlining the recovery and healing process along with realistic expectations so you leave well equipped to make the best decision.

How long will Breast Reconstruction results last?

For breast reconstruction with breast implants, you’ll need to consider breast implant exchange at the 10 – 15 year mark to maintain breast health.

On the other hand, with FLAP method (also known as autologous tissue reconstruction) using your own tissue to recreate breast volume, your results should be long-lasting, provided you maintain a healthy lifestyle and stable weight.

However normal aging of the skin and its elasticity will occur over time in any case.

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the procedure, outlining the recovery and healing process along with realistic expectations so you leave well equipped to make the best decision.

What Do I Need To Know?

Breast reconstruction often involves the use of breast implants – our patients can choose between saline or silicone gel-filled implants. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of silicone gel implants for those women who undergo breast reconstruction.

Two-stage reconstruction is performed for patients whose skin and chest wall tissues are tight and flat.

  1. First, a tissue expander is implanted beneath the skin and chest muscle. The surgeon injects a salt-water solution into the expander over time at regular appointments.
  2. Once the skin has been stretched enough, surgery is again required to remove the expander and add a permanent breast implant.

The tissue flap procedure is an alternative to using breast implants. This technique involves using tissue from your abdomen, back, hip or buttocks for reconstruction.

With either technique, after the breast has had time to heal, patients may have their nipples and areolas reconstructed. Tissue for this procedure is also taken from your own body, with the ideal color of the areola achieved via tattooing to match the other breast.

When Can the Surgery Be Performed?
  • Breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as mastectomy. This can be a good time for surgery as breast tissues are typically unharmed by radiation therapy or scarring.
  • A patient’s overall health is taken into consideration before the decision is made to perform both mastectomy and breast reconstruction at the same time.
  • It is best to know that the patient’s cancer, as far as can be determined, has been eliminated by mastectomy.
What is nipple reconstruction?

Nipple reconstruction is done after the reconstructed breast heals, usually three to four months after the initial reconstructive surgery. Your surgeon cuts “flaps” of skin from the breast or elsewhere on the body (like the abdomen), then forms it into a natural-looking nipple.

This technique looks as close to natural as possible but will not preserve nipple sensation.

After healing, your surgeon will refer you to their preferred cosmetic tattoo artist to add the nipple and areola color as the final touch.

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the procedure, outlining the recovery and healing process along with realistic expectations so you leave well equipped to make the best decision.

Will Insurance cover Breast Reconstruction surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is typically not covered by insurance. However, health insurance providers are legally obligated in the U.S. to cover breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy.

Do I have to be a breast cancer survivor to be an ideal candidate for breast reconstruction surgery?

While every patient is different, nearly all breast cancer survivors interested in breast reconstruction are good candidates.

Am I supposed to have Breast Reconstruction surgery at the same time as my mastectomy/lumpectomy?

In most cases, reconstructed breast results are the same whether done during or after your mastectomy/lumpectomy.

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will help you understand all options.

How Will I Look & Feel Afterwards?
  • Expect to feel sore and swollen for one to two weeks following implant reconstruction. Flap procedures may leave you sore longer.
  • You will go home with surgical drains left in the breasts to help reduce residual fluid and bleeding that can build up following surgery.
  • Medication prescribed by your physician will help minimize any discomfort.
  • Reconstruction will not leave your breasts with the same feeling you had before your mastectomy. It can take up to two years for the tissues to completely heal and your scars to become less noticeable.
  • Avoid lifting and strenuous activity for four to six weeks.
  • You may return to work after six to eight weeks.
  • Reconstruction does not interfere with chemotherapy or radiation treatment and it does not affect breast cancer recurrence.
What Else do I Need to Know?

The goal of breast reconstruction surgery is to improve your appearance. Perfection is not possible, but women appreciate that they can improve their appearance and restore their self-confidence with this procedure.

Request a consultation online today or give us a call to schedule your appointment to learn more about breast reconstruction at our Newport Beach or Long Beach office.