Breast Reconstruction in Manhattan, NYC & Long Island
Mastectomy is the most common reason that women decide to have breast reconstruction. The consequences of breast cancer treatment or trauma can leave a woman feeling less feminine and attractive. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Craig Baldenhofer, MD, helps these women restore their self-esteem by offering breast reconstruction for women who live in Manhattan, New York City and Long Island.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast cancer may mean removing one or both breasts. While this technique is life-saving, it leaves a woman without a feature that is closely associated to her femininity. Dr. Baldenhofer performs breast reconstruction during the mastectomy procedure or after a woman has fully healed from breast removal. The surgery involves several techniques to prepare the breast area for the insertion of silicone or saline implants. If you cannot accommodate implants, Dr. Baldenhofer may recommend a flap technique.
What are the Benefits of Breast Reconstruction?
Although breast reconstruction cannot achieve the same breast shape and size that you had before your mastectomy, the surgery will create a similar appearance.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
The main consideration for breast reconstruction is how much skin you have in the chest area after the mastectomy. Dr. Baldenhofer specializes in techniques that improve your candidacy for breast reconstruction, such as flap surgery and tissue expansion.
What Should I Expect from Breast Reconstruction?
Dr. Baldenhofer performs breast reconstruction in our certified in-house surgical suites at both of our locations. He may recommend tissue expansion prior to the surgery to ensure that you have adequate skin for the implant. Flap techniques are also used to form a breast mound. The tissue flap is taken from the abdomen or back.
Due to the extensive nature of breast reconstruction, you should plan to spend several months before the surgery preparing your body for the procedure. After the surgery, you will have a lengthy recovery. Having a friend or family member available ensures that you are able to focus on resting and healing.
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost in Manhattan?
On occasion, medical insurance does cover breast reconstruction, but this depends on the language in your policy. We take every possible step to maximize your insurance benefits, but you will have some out-of-pocket costs. We provide these details after your consultation. Payment by cash, check or credit card is expected at the time of the surgery. Should you be interested in financing options, we invite you to apply with CareCredit®.
You’ve overcome breast cancer, and now it’s time to make yourself feel more comfortable with your body. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Craig Baldenhofer, MD, specializes in advanced breast reconstruction techniques to restore your breast shape and size. If you are a breast cancer survivor in Manhattan, New York City or Long Island, contact us to schedule a free breast reconstruction consultation.
*Individual results may vary.