Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery

Breast Reconstruction

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With breast reconstruction in Tucson, Arizona, Dr. Rao and his compassionate staff can help you get back to feeling like yourself after a mastectomy. In addition to the care and support you will receive from our team, you can take confidence in knowing that almost 100,000 women in the United States underwent breast reconstruction in 2011, and the numbers are on the rise. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rao is skilled in the art and science of creating breasts that look and feel natural.

Request your consultation online or call (520) 209-2500 to learn how breast reconstruction surgery can help you restore your breasts and feel whole after cancer.

A Word from Your Breast Reconstruction Specialist

There is so much more to a person than outward appearance. Still, for a woman who has undergone a mastectomy, she has lost a part of herself, a part of her femininity, and there is an emotional dimension to her recovery. Having restored many women's breasts, I recognize how disheartening the loss can be. But I have also witnessed how powerful breast reconstruction can be in lifting a woman's spirits and restoring her body image.

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A Word from Your Breast Reconstruction Specialist

Arun Jay Rao, M.D.

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Why reconstructive breast surgery may be right for me

If you are self-conscious or have trouble living with the loss of one or both breasts, you might want to consider breast reconstruction. Dr. Rao and his caring staff can help you regain your confidence and feel like yourself again.

Federal and Arizona laws require health insurance plans to cover breast reconstruction, including aesthetic treatments for the unaffected breast.

My procedure

Your individual situation will inform Dr. Rao's treatment plan. Considerations include the type of cancer treatment, the method of reconstructive breast surgery and whether you have yet had your mastectomy. Whether you combine your mastectomy and reconstruction or wait until a later time, Dr. Rao is skilled at the art of restoring breasts. Methods range from using your own tissue from your abdomen or back to implant-based reconstruction. The duration of the procedure varies depending on the complexity of the reconstruction that is required. Breast reconstruction may also be performed in stages.

My recovery process

Recovery time depends on a number of factors, which Dr. Rao will discuss with you. Recovery time will vary depending on the treatment plan that you and Dr. Rao decide is the best fit for your situation. Typical recovery times range from 7 days to 3 weeks. Your breasts will be dressed in bandages and supported by a special bra or elastic compression garment. Strenuous activities are to be avoided for up to 6 weeks or longer depending on the treatment. Dr. Rao will continue to monitor your progress during follow-up appointments.

My results

The benefits are aesthetic, emotional and mental. Many women gain a sense of wholeness and empowerment to get back to enjoying life. Your reconstructed breast(s) will have an appealing, natural and symmetrical shape. Nipple reconstruction can be performed during a later operation.

Related enhancements

In some cases, breast reconstruction may require breast augmentation or a breast lift for the unaffected breast.

Answers to Common Questions

I am going to have a mastectomy for breast cancer. What are the options for my reconstruction?

The type of reconstruction depends on several factors:

  • The need for radiation
  • Body habitus
  • The presence of previous scars

The options include implant-based reconstruction and reconstruction using tissue from your abdomen, back, or buttock. Dr. Rao will discuss all of your options and assist you to make an informed decision that provides you with a natural-appearing breast.

Is breast reconstruction done at the same time as my mastectomy?

The timing of reconstruction depends on whether you will need adjuvant treatment such as radiation and what type of reconstruction will be used to help you achieve the best symmetry.

Is breast reconstruction after mastectomy covered by my insurance?

Yes. All phases of your breast reconstruction including nipple areolar reconstruction are typically covered by insurance by law.

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