We found 5 providers matching breast reconstruction and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Rancho Mirage, CA.

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Dr. Mark Vincent Sofonio, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Kiewit Building; Suite 407
Rancho Mirage, CA
 

Dr. Mark Sofonio works as a plastic surgeon in Rancho Mirage, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Sofonio is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sofonio completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Sofonio has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center. Dr. Sofonio has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew John-Haidukewyc Hayduke, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
39000 Bob Hope Drive; Suite K206
Rancho Mirage, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Hayduke is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hayduke graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. He is affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Down ... (Read more)

Dr. Judith B Zacher, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
43585 Monterey Avenue; Suite 7
Palm Desert, CA
 

Dr. Judith Zacher's area of specialization is plastic surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). She is professionally affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center. After completing medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Zacher performed her residency at Mount Carmel Health System and Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Zacher is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Nose Surgery, Breast Reduction, Injectable ... (Read more)

Dr. Suzanne Marie Quardt, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
70-017 Highway 111; Suite 1
Rancho Mirage, CA
 

Dr. Suzanne Quardt is a plastic surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Quardt's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Quardt is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Quardt is professionally affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Mini Tummy Tuck, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Rhinoplasty, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Ritu Chopra, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
71949 Highway 111; Suite 300
Rancho Mirage, CA
 

Dr. Ritu Chopra's medical specialty is plastic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Eisenhower Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Before performing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Chopra attended Boston University School of Medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Chopra include: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Doctor Vitals, Professional Recognition: Alpha Omega Alpha. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Mini Tummy Tuck, Septoplasty, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin ... (Read more)

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What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast, usually after a mastectomy. The choice of how to proceed after the removal of a breast is a deeply personal one, with some women opting to wear a prosthetic form in a bra, and others choosing to embrace their new breastless form as a reminder of their strength and survival. Those options are perfectly acceptable, but many women feel most comfortable with their missing breast tissue surgically replaced. Breast reconstruction can be part of a patient’s return to normal after experiencing breast cancer.

There are a few different methods used to create the round shape of the breast on the chest. A flap of fat, skin, and muscle can be taken from the side, abdomen or buttock and implanted on the chest to create a breast from the patient’s own tissue. Alternatively, the skin over the chest may be gradually stretched to allow for the placement of an implant. Stretching of the skin is done using expanders, which are similar to breast implants, except they increase in size when saltwater solution is injected into them. Many women also choose to combine the flap procedure with implant placement to achieve their desired result. Once the new breast shape is formed, a nipple can be created and even tattooed to match the other side.

Reconstruction may be done in a single surgery or broken up into multiple procedures:

  • Immediate reconstruction rebuilds the breast right after mastectomy. This method is not recommended if additional chemotherapy or radiation is needed after surgery.
  • Delayed reconstruction occurs after chemotherapy or radiation has been given. These treatments may decrease the volume or alter the color of the reconstructed breast, so they should be completed before the breast is rebuilt. This type of reconstruction may happen weeks, months, or even years after mastectomy.
  • Staged reconstruction splits the reconstructive process into two parts. The first part inserts temporary expanders to stretch the skin and is done immediately after breast removal surgery. The second part replaces the expanders with implants after chemotherapy or radiation treatments have been given.
Breast reconstruction is not perfect. The two breasts may not always look exactly identical, although they will be close. There may be small scars, and a loss of sensation in the reconstructed breast. A reconstructed breast will not produce milk, so you may have trouble breastfeeding. Still, reconstruction is a great option for women who want that part of their appearance back.

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