Dr. Richard A. Pecunia offers Breast Reconstruction to patients in Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Lamar County and surrounding areas.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or any other disease. Reconstruction of a breast that has been partially or completely removed is possible through plastic surgery techniques that not only create a new breast, but also can dramatically improve a woman’s self-image, self-confidence and quality of life. At the office of Dr. Richard A. Pecunia in Mississippi, we understand that breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure.
If you're interested in learning more about breast reconstruction, please contact Dr. Pecunia today. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Pecunia has extensive experience in performing breast reconstruction on women from Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Lamar County and further afield.
How is Breast Reconstruction Performed?
There are various surgical techniques available when you undergo breast reconstruction. One option uses a breast implant, either saline- or silicone-filled, to recreate the breast. Other women choose to have a tissue flap procedure, in which tissue from your stomach, back, thighs or buttocks is used to reconstruct the breast.
After the breast mound is reconstructed, many of our patients in Hattiesburg also opt to have nipple and areola reconstruction. This is a separate procedure that is typically done once the breast has had time to heal (three or four months later). The procedure can be done through tattooing, transplanted tissue or both.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
While breast reconstruction is possible immediately after the removal of the breast, it's essential to make sure that the cancer has been completely eliminated before undergoing this surgery. Other factors to consider include:
- Overall health
- The stage of your breast cancer
- The size of your natural breast
- The amount of tissue available for a flap procedure
- Your desire to match the appearance of the opposite breast
- Your desire for bilateral reconstructive surgery
- Insurance coverage for the unaffected breast and related costs
- The type of cancer treatment, as well as choice of reconstructive procedure
- The size of the implant or reconstructed breast
During your initial consultation in Hattiesburg, Dr. Pecunia will discuss everything with you to make sure you're a good fit for breast reconstruction.
What Kind of Post-Operative Breast Reconstruction Care Can I Expect?
Our breast reconstruction patients in Hattiesburg can expect to spend between one and six days in the hospital following the procedure. Once released, you may need to keep a surgical drain to remove excess fluids from the surgery site.
Most patients experience some soreness for up to two weeks, which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Pecunia. Full recovery typically takes between six to eight weeks. It's important to remember that you may need multiple surgeries to fully restore the breast, so patience and commitment are essential.
What are the Typical Results of Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction surgery can be very rewarding, giving women an improved body image and self-esteem following a mastectomy or lumpectomy. You can see examples of these wonderful results in our Hattiesburg breast reconstruction before and after pictures. While each case is different, breast reconstruction before and after pictures can give you a good idea of what you can likely expect.
What are Hattiesburg Breast Reconstruction Costs?
Hattiesburg breast reconstruction prices vary according to the needs and goals of the patient. To discuss pricing, as well as anything else you may want to know about the procedure, please call our office today to set up your personal consultation.
Dr. Pecunia and his team of highly skilled staff members are dedicated to making your breast reconstruction journey as smooth and rewarding as possible. We are proud to offer the procedure to women in Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Lamar County and elsewhere.
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