Many New Jersey women considering breast reconstruction after a mastectomy never thought about having plastic surgery before. So it’s understandable that when told that a mastectomy or bilateral mastectomy is their best treatment option, many breast cancer patients have misconceptions about what breast reconstruction entails. Always desiring to be more than just a plastic surgeon, but also part of your support system, Dr. Comizio is here to clear the air about 5 common myths and misconceptions about breast reconstruction surgery.
1. You Need to Have a Breast Reconstruction Performed Immediately Because it Can’t Be Done Later
One of the most common misconceptions is that breast cancer patients must decide to have a breast reconstruction performed at the same time as their mastectomy, or else the option of reconstructing their breasts is off the table for good. That couldn’t be further from the truth! While it’s true that many women choose to have a breast reconstruction performed at the same time as their mastectomy, some choose to have the procedure delayed for months or even years later! Dr. Comizio is ready to help you with your breast reconstruction surgery whenever you’re ready.
2. Insurance Won’t Pay for Your Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Since a breast reconstruction is plastic surgery, some New Jersey women have heard myths that health insurance companies won’t pay for your breast reconstruction and that you’ll be stuck with the entire bill. For most patients, that’s simply not true. In 1998, Congress passed the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, which requires any group health insurance company that pays for a mastectomy to also cover the cost of breast reconstruction surgery. So if your group health insurance company paid for your mastectomy, they’re required by law to pay for your breast reconstruction, too.
3. You Have to Get Breast Implants In Order to Have Breast Reconstruction
Some New Jersey women just don’t like the idea of having breast implants, and that’s okay! There are several surgical options available to breast reconstruction patients, including breast implants and flap procedures, which harvest fat and/or muscle from agreed upon areas of your own body to rebuild your breasts.
4. You Can’t Have Breast Reconstruction Performed While Undergoing Chemotherapy or Radiation
In years past, it was believed that breast cancer patients should be done with their cancer treatment options before having breast reconstruction. New evidence proves that’s simply not necessary. Women undergoing chemotherapy can have an immediate breast reconstruction performed using either breast implants or a flap procedure. Women who require continued radiation treatments and desire an immediate breast reconstruction can have an immediate breast reconstruction performed using either breast implants or a flap procedure.
5. Others Will Be Able to Tell You’ve Had a Breast Reconstruction
A common concern about New Jersey breast reconstruction patients is that their breasts will never look the same, and others will be able to tell they’ve had work done. Dr. Comizio understands this concern. However, her years of training at 4 Ivy League universities, as well as her artistic eye and technical know-how, allow her to reconstruct natural looking breasts for you.*
Don’t Let a Myth Stop You from Getting Breast Reconstruction
Dr. Comizio understands that there’s a lot of misinformation circulating regarding breast reconstruction. And she’s here to bust those myths! If you’ve heard something about the surgery that makes you feel uneasy or think that you’re not a candidate, the best thing you can do is ask your question and get an answer directly from Dr. Comizio herself.
To schedule an initial appointment with her, contact her office in Morristown, New Jersey at (973) 775-9248.
*Individual results may vary.