Breast Reconstruction Restores a Natural Appearance
Dr. Louis G. Mes, board-certified plastic surgeon, is the area's recognized expert in breast reconstruction surgery whom residents in Lafayette, Lake Charles, and the surrounding communities trust for their aesthetic surgery needs.
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 296,000 women deal with a diagnosis of breast cancer each year. While doctors have made significant advances in developing alternatives to complete mastectomies, many women face the fact they will lose one or both of their breasts to cancer. Breast reconstruction surgery provides women with a way to appear as if they still have their natural breasts, which helps them maintain their self-esteem and confidence as they recover from breast cancer. While breast reconstruction restores the appearance of natural breasts, it is unlikely that you will have the same sensations and feeling as you did with your natural breasts.
Who Is a Candidate for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
While the final decision as to whether breast reconstruction surgery is a viable option for you lies with you, your oncologist, and Dr. Mes, some of the guidelines used to determine whether you are a candidate for breast reconstruction surgery include the following:
- How well you are coping with your diagnosis and treatment
- Whether you feel positive about your outlook
- Whether the oncologist plans extensive radiation treatment
- Your realistic expectations about breast reconstruction surgery
When you meet with Dr. Mes for a consultation concerning breast reconstruction surgery, he will review your medical history, the oncology reports and treatment plans, and your expectations and goals for surgery. He will take measurements and pictures for your medical records. Based upon this review, the information he receives from your oncologist, and your goals for breast reconstruction, he will discuss the different options available to you.
What Are the Different Options for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Based upon your individual situation, Dr. Mes may begin the reconstruction of your breast when you have your mastectomy or wait until you have completed radiation treatment. In either case, it is likely you will need more than one operation to rebuild your breast completely. If you plan to start the breast reconstruction process when you have your mastectomy, Dr. Mes and his team will coordinate services with the other surgical team.
The first option for breast reconstruction surgery is using breast implants (Link) to provide shape and fullness to your breasts. If the implants are inserted at the time of the mastectomy, the procedure is very similar to routine breast implant surgery, with the exception of the reconstruction of the nipple and areola region. If your breast reconstruction surgery occurs after you have healed from your mastectomy, you will need to have tissue expansion procedures, which involves gradually inflating the implant to stretch the surrounding tissue to accommodate the implant. Dr. Mes performs these procedures on an outpatient basis.
Flap breast reconstruction surgery uses your own skin, muscle, fat, and other tissues to recreate your breast. After you are under the effects of anesthesia, the first step in the procedure is to obtain the donor tissue from your abdomen, inner thigh, buttocks, or upper back. The next step involves creating a flap, which serves as a pocket for the donated tissue. Dr. Mes will then transplant and shape the tissue and connect the donated tissue to the blood supply. Depending on your individual situation, Dr. Mes will then create a nipple. Then next step is closing the surgical site. In some cases, he will place a drain to remove any excess fluid. Typically, tattooing to create an artificial areola is completed in a separate outpatient surgery.
Recovery from Breast Reconstruction Surgery
The amount of time it takes to recover from breast reconstruction is typically six to eight weeks, depending on whether the surgery is performed at the same time as your mastectomy. Most patients report they experience some discomfort for a couple of days after surgery, but any discomfort is kept well under control with medication.
Some of the other breast enhancement options offered by Dr. Mes include the following:
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Implants
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reduction
- Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
- Breast Asymmetry Correction
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Surgery Cost in Lafayette, LA?
In some cases, insurance companies may consider breast reconstruction as a medically necessary procedure and provide reimbursement for the cost of the surgery. You will need to check with your insurance company to find out if your policy provides coverage. If it does, a member of Dr. Mes's staff will work with the insurance company to obtain pre-certification. Remember, you will still be responsible for any co-insurance payments and costs related to your deductible.
Since some insurance companies consider breast reconstruction surgery to be a cosmetic procedure, some health insurance policies do not cover the cost. To make breast reconstruction surgery affordable and accessible to as many people as possible, Dr. Mes accepts CareCredit® financing to cover the cost of our services. The application process is easy, and you will be informed of your financing options in just a few hours. We also accept cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.
At his practice, which serves residents of Lafayette, Lake Charles, and surrounding communities, Dr. Mes provides a broad range of plastic surgery procedures and services to address the aesthetic concerns of his patients. He combines his expertise and more than 35 years of experience as a practicing board-certified plastic surgeon, with genuine care and compassion for his patients, to help them achieve the improvements in their appearance they desire. To learn more about plastic surgery, or to schedule an appointment, call 337-504-4336 to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable member of Dr. Mes's staff.