Breast Reconstruction

In the United States, 1 in 8 women will face a breast cancer diagnosis at some point in her life, with many of them requiring mastectomy for adequate management. Thankfully, the restoration of women's sense of femininity and beauty through breast reconstruction has advanced at a rapid rate over the past 10-20 years. Breast reconstruction following a mastectomy due to cancer or other disease is one of the most evolved surgical procedures available today. While Dr. Soto was among the pioneers of the most advanced technique for breast reconstruction using the DIEP flap, he now restricts his breast reconstruction procedures to those using implants. While these reconstructions cannot match the natural beauty, feel, and longevity of a reconstruction using your own DIEP flap tissue (when performed by a master of the technique), the procedures are much smaller in magnitude and recovery, and dramatically less expensive as well.

  • Ideal Candidates

Almost every mastectomy patient is a candidate for breast reconstruction of some type, and federal law has made it mandatory that health insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover the costs of reconstructive surgery. Therefore, no woman should feel she has to live with a mastectomy defect if she desires reconstruction.

The best candidates for breast reconstruction are otherwise healthy women whose cancer has been eliminated by the mastectomy and any adjuvant care necessary. It is important that your body has completely recovered from the cancer care, and Dr. Soto will carefully coordinate the timing of your breast reconstruction with your oncologist and mastectomy surgeon. Ideally, we would love for you to come in and visit with Dr. Soto before your mastectomy surgery is performed, because there are several options for reconstruction and evaluating these options before your initial surgery facilitates coordination among the physicians involved in your care and this in turn leads to better long-term results.

 

 

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Dr. Soto is by far one of the best doctors I've ever had. After only 11 days, I am almost perfect. I'd highly recommend him.

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I was always petite and never imagined I'd have a problem gaining my body back...But even when the weight came off, my skin just hung. Thanks to Dr. Soto, I no longer have that problem. I now look the way I feel, and although it may be vain, it is empowering. Every woman deserves to feel beautiful, especially after becoming a mother.

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I would like to say thanks to them all for giving me back my shape. It has been amazing.

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I had my procedure and everything came out perfect. Two years later, I came back to have a scar fixed from a surgery I had not related to Dr Soto and once again he amazed me. This is the place I will always come back to for myself, family and friends. Thank you for everything and making me feel better about myself.

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From the beginning Dr Soto and his staff showed great compassion throughout my whole journey. His knowledge and expertise allowed me to make the decision on the reconstructive process. I will be forever thankful to Dr Soto for not only being the expert surgeon he is – but also being so caring through such a difficult time.

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