We found 4 providers matching breast reconstruction and who accept Blue Shield PPO near Santa Cruz, CA.
Dr. Scott Imahara is a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in Soquel, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Imahara average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Imahara include plastic surgery procedures, hand surgery procedures, and reconstructive surgery. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Imahara is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Imahara is conversant in Spanish.
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All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Eyelid Problems, Facelift, Ear Problems, Surgical Procedures, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)
Dr. Randall Nacamuli is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nacamuli include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Nacamuli is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Dominican Hospital.
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Dr. Suzanne Kerley is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Dr. Kerley completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Kerley is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.
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Dr. Marie Pletsch's area of specialization is plastic surgery. She studied medicine at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pletsch accepts.
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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)
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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.