We found 4 providers matching breast reconstruction and who accept Medicare near Tallahassee, FL.

Dr. Larry Lee Harper, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2452 Mahan Drive; Suite 101
Tallahassee, FL
 

Dr. Larry Harper works as a plastic surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harper include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harper accepts. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Alfredo Adolfo Paredes Jr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2452 Mahan Drive; Suite 101
Tallahassee, FL
 

Dr. Alfredo Paredes, who practices in Tallahassee, FL, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. Dr. Paredes is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Paredes include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Paredes is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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

Dr. Jeffery Miller Rawlings, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2452 Mahan Drive; Suite 101
Tallahassee, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Rawlings is a Tallahassee, FL physician who specializes in plastic surgery. Dr. Rawlings's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. For his professional training, Dr. Rawlings completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Ben Joseph Kirbo, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2030 Fleischmann Road
Tallahassee, FL
 

Dr. Ben Kirbo is a specialist in plastic surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Kirbo's areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (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.