Breast reconstruction is the surgical restoration of a breast following a mastectomy. Undergoing a mastectomy can be a challenging emotional experience. Whether you elect to have immediate reconstruction at the time of your mastectomy or delayed reconstruction, the decision to pursue reconstruction is a personal one.

Almost every woman who loses her breast or breasts to cancer can have them rebuilt through reconstructive surgery. Breast reconstruction options are discussed together immediately following the diagnosis.

We offer two types of breast reconstruction options:

  • Breast reconstruction with an implant
  • Breast reconstruction with your own tissue (skin, fat, and muscle)

Dr. Chappell is aware of the devastating effects of breast cancer. He has extensive experience in plastic surgery and wound care and is the former Medical Director of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Wound Care Center. He provides thoughtful information and facts to help you make the best and most informed decision.

Is Breast Reconstruction Surgery Covered By Insurance?

In 2018, over 100,000 breast reconstruction procedures were performed — a significant increase since the early 2000s. This increase was due in part to the passage of the Women ’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998. The law, supported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, mandates insurance coverage for breast reconstruction and the alteration of the opposite breast for symmetry for women who have undergone mastectomy.