Frequently Asked Questions
The Long Island Plastic Surgical Group offers this list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about breast reconstruction surgery. Please contact LIPSG with any other questions, or to schedule a consultation for breast reconstruction surgery.
Why should I trust the breast reconstruction surgeons at LIPSG?
Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons at LIPSG are some of the most experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable on the eastern seaboard. Many of our doctors are experts in all types of breast reconstruction, and have been specialty-trained and have earned fellowships at renowned medical institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering. We have performed more than 10,000 breast reconstruction surgeries, including every major technique available and specific types of breast reconstruction that only a handful of surgeons in the U.S. are qualified to perform. Our surgeons form working relationships with all physicians involved in breast cancer treatment, including oncologists, breast surgeons, radiologists, primary care physicians, and others involved in the breast reconstruction process to create a team approach dedicated to the most successful results possible. We work with each patient and welcome their input at all stages of the process. Every aspect of procedures is explained in-depth during the initial consultation, and we are always ready to answer any questions and address every concern. At LIPSG, the word “together” is a very important one. Together, we will come up with the best options for our patients’ needs, and work to rebuild what has been lost.
Who is a candidate for breast reconstruction?
Candidates for breast reconstruction include women of any age group that has lost a breast due to mastectomy, other oncologic procedures such as lumpectomy, or injuries such as burns. There are a variety of breast reconstruction techniques, and our surgeons are trained in the full range of procedures. They will help to identify the best procedure based on body type, medical plan, and aesthetic expectations. During the consultation, our surgeons will explain the options and work with to come up with the best reconstructive treatment.
Will they look natural?
Breast reconstruction procedures have become remarkably advanced over the years, and with the expertise and experience of LIPSG plastic and reconstructive surgeons, it is possible to attain natural looking results. Our doctors at LIPSG are specialty-trained in breast reconstruction procedures and have performed thousands of successful surgeries. We make every effort to create new breasts that look as natural as possible.
How long will it take to recover?
Recovery from breast reconstruction will depend on the type of surgery performed; however, patients can generally expect a recovery period of two to six weeks. The length of recovery is also dependent on factors such as the patient’s medical history and the type of procedure that will be performed. Our doctors at LIPSG will discuss all aspects of recovery including the potential amount of time it will take during the consultation.
Can I have breast reconstruction during the mastectomy procedure?
Yes. Doctors at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group will work with all involved physicians, including the breast surgeon, to ensure the best possible results for our patients’ breast reconstruction procedure. Many patients can choose to have a breast reconstruction immediately following breast removal. In this instance, our LIPSG plastic surgeons will work directly with the oncologist during the mastectomy procedure. Details on the timing of the breast reconstruction surgery will be covered during the initial consultation.
If I am still undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatments, or if I need those treatments should the cancer return, will the reconstructed breast affect those treatments?
The reconstructed breast will not affect radiation or chemotherapy treatments if the cancer returns. Some techniques may make it more difficult for traditional mammograms to get an accurate picture, therefore a specialized mammogram may need to be performed. Although chemotherapy and radiation therapy should not be affected by breast reconstruction, we recommend that our patients always discuss their cancer diagnosis with the surgeon prior to breast reconstruction surgery.
Will my insurance cover breast reconstruction?
Yes. Many insurance companies must pay for breast reconstruction procedures. Our team at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group will help each patient and their families through the filing and approval process.
What if I have had a double mastectomy? Can both breasts be reconstructed?
Yes. Our surgeons perform a range of techniques to reconstruct the breasts after double mastectomy. Some techniques, such as tissue expansion and implant reconstruction, can be performed to rebuild both breasts after a double mastectomy. Other techniques can be used as well, and in some cases, a combination of two different types of breast reconstruction can be performed. Our LIPSG plastic surgeons will conduct an examination during the initial consultation and go over the best options for breast reconstruction.
How long is the hospital stay?
Depending on the medical status of each patient, and the type of breast reconstruction being performed, the hospital stay will likely be in the two-to-five day range.
What questions should I ask a breast reconstruction surgeon to know if he is the right surgeon for me?
Experience and education are of the utmost importance. Breast reconstruction surgeons should be highly trained and experienced. Ask about educational background and the number of surgeries they have performed, experience in the field of reconstructive surgery, how many breast reconstructions they have performed, what techniques they are skilled with, and whether they are thoroughly trained to perform this procedure. We also recommend our patients evaluate their potential surgeon on his or her bedside manner, and overall comfort with the doctor The surgeons at LIPSG make it a priority to ensure thorough communication and a true sense of compassion with our patients. Breast reconstruction surgeons should be willing to explain all aspects of the procedure, including risks and benefits, and be open about alternatives and which techniques best fit the individual requirements of each patient. Read our promise to the patient.
Contact LIPSG for a Consultation
The plastic and reconstructive surgeons at LIPSG who perform breast reconstruction procedures have the highest level of training and can help our patients rebuild their breasts with safe procedures, effective treatment, and results that look natural. Please contact the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group for a consultation, and we will address any questions or concerns.