The costs associated with breast reconstruction can vary quite a bit depending. Fortunately, it is not considered a cosmetic procedure, meaning that your insurance company will cover some or all of the associated costs. If your mastectomy was covered by your health insurance, your reconstruction will be covered as well. However, you may be responsible for paying some of the fees yourself. These can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars out of pocket. You should review your policy carefully to make sure you are getting the coverage you are entitled to.
Like other procedures, the particular technique used to perform your breast reconstruction will affect the cost of your surgery. Breast reconstruction using implants is usually less expensive than other methods. Flap techniques, which utilize tissue from your own body to build your new breasts, can be more expensive to perform. In addition, subsequent procedures may be required to revise the initial reconstruction, smooth out scars, inject fat, or tattoo on new areolas or nipples. Some of these may entail additional costs.
Besides your surgeon's fees, breast reconstruction usually also includes:
In addition to health insurance, there are a number of charitable organizations that may be able to help you with the costs of your procedure. Financing options are also available to help you.
Because breast reconstruction is such a complex procedure, it is important that you put yourself under the care of an experienced plastic surgeon. Flap techniques can be difficult, requiring a doctor who is skilled in microsurgery to be performed properly. In order to achieve the best possible results, you should choose the best possible surgeon.
Dr. Davidson is highly skilled at performing plastic surgery on the breasts. He has studied at such places as the prestigious Harvard Medical School. During his post-graduate training, he was Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospitals. He specializes in breast surgery. Making an appointment to see Dr. Davidson can be the first step towards restoring your body to the way it once looked and putting your medical issues behind you.