Surgical breast reconstruction by our Palm Desert surgeons can provide hope, healing, and comfort to women affected by breast cancer. We understand that most women pursue breast reconstruction in order to restore a sense of normalcy during a trying time. Our surgeons and the staff of Cosmetic Surgery Institute realize that each breast reconstruction patient has her own unique set of circumstances, and we work together to approach each surgery with sensitivity and care.
Our experienced plastic surgeons are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about breast reconstruction at our Palm Springs-area practice. Request a complimentary consultation online or call (760) 837-0364 to discuss your options.
At our Palm Desert practice, our surgeons perform breast reconstruction using tissue expanders and breast implants. This form of reconstruction generally requires more than one surgery, and we work with you and your cancer treatment team to develop an effective timeline.
You may begin the breast reconstruction process at the same time as a mastectomy (called immediate reconstruction) or at a later date (delayed reconstruction). Depending on your anatomy and preferences, our surgeons may supplement your reconstruction with fat grafting (the transfer of fat from one part of your body to your breasts) or a dermal matrix (a specialized structure that supports skin as it regenerates). Regardless of the approach you choose, breast reconstruction at Cosmetic Surgery Institute is a team effort. Our doctors work directly with your medical team to ensure that a positive cosmetic outcome goes hand-in-hand with your safety and health. After your surgery, Cosmetic Surgery Institute has a talented team that specializes in nipple reconstruction for a beautiful, natural-looking result.
Which type of implant is best for me?
When it comes to the question of implant type or style, there is no single right answer for every woman. During your consultation, your surgeon performs a physical examination and spends plenty of time discussing your goals, lifestyle, and the details of your cancer treatment. We work with you to help you decide on a breast implant style that will help your reconstructed breasts look natural. Many patients choose the latest highly cohesive silicone implants, which look and feel very much like real breast tissue.
What if I'm undergoing chemotherapy or radiation?
If you decide to undergo one or both of these treatments following your mastectomy, it may be necessary to postpone your reconstruction. Your successful cancer treatment and long-term health are the top priorities, and we work closely with you and your oncologist to determine the appropriate timeline for your reconstruction process.
Is breast reconstruction covered by insurance?
Yes. Federal law mandates that all stages of surgical breast reconstruction after mastectomy are covered by health insurance. If you have cancer in only one breast, coverage also must include any treatments to the other breast for the purposes of symmetry. The staff of Cosmetic Surgery Institute is experienced with navigating the insurance process, and we work with your provider to make the process as simple as possible so you can focus on your well-being.
About Our Doctors
Plastic surgeons Dr. Mo Zakhireh and Dr. Clark Taylor balance art and science using innovative procedures with skillful execution. Under their experienced direction, you can become the best version of yourself.
What to Expect
The first step of breast reconstruction with implants is tissue expansion. If you opt for immediate reconstruction, your plastic surgeon places temporary, fillable implants called tissue expanders during your mastectomy. If you have delayed reconstruction, your surgeon places the tissue expanders in a separate surgery at a later date. Over the course of several months, saline solution is gradually added to the expanders to encourage your breast skin and tissue to grow. This is done as a series of simple in-office appointments. You may feel pressure or tension during these appointments, but most patients say the expansion process is not painful.
As saline is added to the expanders, your body generates more tissue to fit it comfortably. Once your surgeon determines you have enough tissue, he replaces the expanders with long-term implants during an outpatient surgery similar to breast augmentation.
When your breasts have healed, our talented team can reconstruct your nipples and areolas using a simple surgical technique and a sophisticated type of tattooing. Recovery following surgery is fairly straightforward. Discomfort, swelling, and bruising are common but subside greatly over the course of several days. Light daily activities may be resumed after about 1 week, and strenuous exercise should be postponed for up to 6 weeks.
Enhancing Your Look
Breast reconstruction carries a very high rate of patient satisfaction, and most patients are thrilled to feel feminine again after a mastectomy. If your nipples or areolas are affected by surgery, you may also wish to undergo a permanent makeup procedure to simulate their appearance and help regain an important sense of normalcy. Our reconstruction patients often return to treat themselves to non-surgical services, such as injectable dermal fillers to stave off the physical signs of aging and keep themselves looking as vibrant as they feel.