Breast Reconstruction in Melbourne, FL
Being diagnosed with breast cancer changes a woman’s life forever, but new treatments mean that more women are surviving the battle. The most common surgery for breast cancer is a single or double mastectomy. Many women seek the skill and expertise of board-certified plastic surgeon Mauricio J. Castellon, MD, for breast reconstruction. At his practice, Castellon Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Castellon offers breast reconstruction and other types of breast enhancement for women who live in Melbourne, Brevard County and the surrounding communities of Central Florida.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Mastectomy is a type of surgery that removes cancerous tissue by removing one or both breasts. Women are grateful with the outcome of the breast cancer treatment, but may feel as if they have lost a part of their femininity. Breast reconstruction uses the remaining breast tissue, donor tissue, and breast implants to restore a woman’s breasts after mastectomy.
Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
The primary benefit of breast reconstruction is that you will regain your femininity and confidence. You no longer need to use breast prosthetics to give yourself the natural female contours.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
You may need several surgeries for your breast reconstruction, so Dr. Castellon wants to ensure that you are fully prepared both physically and emotionally. While it is possible to reconstruct the breasts in conjunction with the mastectomy, many women are focused on battling cancer and do not pursue breast reconstruction until they are cleared of the cancer. In order to be considered for the surgery, you will need to have adequate breast tissue and/or donor tissue to reconstruct the breasts.
What Do I Need to Do Before Having Breast Reconstruction?
You should not make a quick decision about having breast reconstruction. Dr. Castellon is a resource of knowledge and support that helps you decide what is best for you. Throughout the process, he demonstrates compassion, kindness, and patience, which are only part of his exceptional bedside manner.
What Should I Expect on the Day of My Breast Reconstruction?
Your breast reconstruction is performed at a surgery center that is fully staffed with anesthesiologists, surgical nurses and medical staff to provide the support you need before, during and after the surgery. You should arrive on time to allow for pre-surgery processes and plan to remain at the surgery center for a few hours after the breast reconstruction. You may need to stay overnight for monitoring.
How Long Does It Take to Perform Breast Reconstruction?
The length of your surgery depends on several factors, such as the use of implants or skin flaps to reconstruct the breast. Dr. Castellon will explain the length of your breast reconstruction during the consultation appointment.
What Should I Expect After My Breast Reconstruction?
You will spend some time in the recovery area after your surgery, and you may need to stay overnight in the hospital. Once you are released, someone will need to drive you home and stay with you for a few days. You will need to limit your activities and follow the post-surgery instructions carefully.
Will I Have Scars From My Breast Reconstruction?
You will have scars from your breast reconstruction. Expect the scars to be pinkish and thick for the first few months and then gradually soften and fade. The scars will not completely disappear.
When Will I See Full Results of My Breast Reconstruction?
Healing from breast reconstruction takes some time. Because the surgery is extensive, you should expect full results to take about one year.
How Long Will the Results of Breast Reconstruction Last?
Breast reconstruction is a permanent surgery that restores your breasts after a mastectomy to treat breast cancer. In some cases, the breasts change slightly due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and the natural aging process.
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost in Melbourne?
Breast reconstruction is covered by medical insurance. After your consultation, we will provide information on your out-of-pocket costs. Castellon Plastic Surgery Center accepts payment by cash and check as well as credit card, including MasterCard® and Visa®. If you are interested in financing the cost of your breast reconstruction, we encourage you to apply with CareCredit® and LendingUSA.com.
Now that you have won the battle with breast cancer, you are ready to restore your breasts. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mauricio J. Castellon, of Castellon Plastic Surgery Center, offers breast reconstruction for women who live in Melbourne, Brevard County and the surrounding communities of Central Florida. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.