Many women who undergo a mastectomy find breast reconstruction emotionally rewarding, as it lifts their confidence and self-image.  Breast reconstruction restores the shape and size of the breasts, so they look natural and more feminine. Women contemplating reconstructive surgery often ask questions about the benefits and risks, and of course they always want to know – How much does breast reconstruction typically cost.

Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction is performed in order to recreate the breasts after a mastectomy or lumpectomy.There are several options for breast reconstruction; choices include implants, as well astechniques that use your own tissue. Breast reconstruction may be done immediately after surgery, but some patients opt to wait, especially if they have to undergo radiation treatment for cancer.

The cost of breast reconstruction
The cost of breast reconstruction will depend on the type of surgery being performed. The cost of reconstructive surgery with implants typically ranges from $5,000-$10,000, while breast reconstruction using your own tissue costs anywhere from $25,000-$50,000. The costs stated are without health insurance.

Thankfully, breast reconstruction surgery is covered by insurance, because it is considered medically necessary, and not cosmetic. Insurers that cover mastectomy are also required by law to cover the cost of reconstructive surgery.

However, there are some aspects of surgery that the health insurer does not cover. As a result, patients need to get the necessary clarification from their health insurance provider, so that they know what will have to be paid out-of-pocket.

If you’ve made the decision to undergo breast reconstruction surgery, make sure to seek out the services of a board certified plastic surgeon.

Clients in North Knoxville, TN, can contact Dr. Tom Gallaher, of Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa, MD regarding breast reconstruction. We have offices in Powell, Knoxville, and Crossville, TN. Call 865-671-3888 to schedule an appointment.