Breast Reconstruction in Middletown, NJ
Dr. John M. Taylor is a Red Bank, NJ, board-certified plastic surgeon at Allure Plastic Surgery Center specializing in breast reconstruction for patients who want to restore the natural look of the breasts after injury or a mastectomy.
What Is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores breasts to their natural shape and contour following trauma to the area or a mastectomy. Through several plastic surgery techniques, it is possible to regain or increase the shape and size of the breasts.
Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction is frequently performed on patients who want to restore the natural shape and contour of their breasts after a mastectomy or trauma and offers the following benefits:
- Potentially avoids the need for prosthetics
- Allows a more natural appearance of the breasts under clothing
- Returns symmetry between breasts following a mastectomy
- Improves self-esteem
With breast reconstruction, Dr. Taylor will work to make the new breast match the natural breast as closely as possible. For patients with a double mastectomy, he will create new breasts that meet the desires of the patient.
How Is Breast Reconstruction Performed?
There are several techniques performed with breast reconstruction depending on the patient’s desires, overall health, weight, physical lifestyle, support network, and other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Taylor will discuss the options that fit best with your situation.
The surgical techniques most frequently performed by Dr. Taylor include the following:
- Implant Reconstruction
- DIEP Flap Reconstruction
- TRAM Flap Reconstruction
- Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction may take two to three procedures which are scheduled at the discretion of Dr. Taylor. Typically, the procedures are spread out over three to six months to allow healing between each procedure. It is possible to begin breast reconstruction in conjunction with a mastectomy.
Preparing for Breast Reconstruction
To prepare for breast reconstruction, you may be asked to do the following:
- Get lab testing along with a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications prior to the procedure
- Adjust or temporarily cease taking your current medications
- Stop smoking
- Refrain from taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements
- Make arrangements for someone to take you to and from your procedure as well as stay with you the first night
Recovery from Breast Reconstruction
Depending on the procedure, recovery instructions vary as does the length of downtime which lasts from a few days to a few weeks. For any of the procedures, recovery typically includes swelling and discomfort at the incision sites. You may receive prescribed oral medications for pain and antibiotics to prevent infection. As the swelling subsides, results will become more visible.
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost?
The cost of breast reconstruction depends on the patient and the extent of the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Taylor will discuss the costs of the procedure. We accept most major credit cards in addition to cash. Because breast reconstruction is often done as a result of a mastectomy, insurance may cover some or all of the expenses.
Is Breast Reconstruction Right for Me?
Breast reconstruction is a personal decision for each patient. If you have a strong desire to have real breasts or want to restore a symmetrical look to your body, breast reconstruction may be right for you.
Why Choose Dr. John Taylor for Breast Reconstruction?
Dr. John Taylor has performed many breast reconstruction procedures on patients in Red Bank, NJ. He truly understands that a woman’s breasts are closely related to her femininity and works hard to help his patients achieve the look they desire so they regain the confidence that wanes with the loss of their breasts.
What to Expect During Your Breast Reconstruction Consultation
During your consultation, Dr. Taylor will evaluate your current situation including a natural breast that remains. If no breasts are present, he will talk with you about what you want in terms of size and shape of breasts that you would like as well as the procedure that will best achieve that look.
At Allure Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. John Taylor offers plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures as well as non-invasive advanced skin care treatments to patients in Red Bank, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Contact us to set up your consultation today.