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Are More Women Choosing Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy?

The percentage of women who opt for reconstructive breast surgery has always been smaller than the total number of women undergoing mastectomies. In 1998, fewer than half (46 percent) of women who received mastectomies chose to undergo reconstruction. Yet, a recent study shows that a more encouraging ratio is trending: in 2007, 63 percent of women opted for breast reconstruction. What could account for this impressive increase?

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Survival Is Beautiful

One of the main reasons that more women feel invested in the reconstruction process is likely because the prognosis for breast cancer has improved so considerably over the last several years. With more and more women outliving breast cancer by decades, an emphasis has shifted away from simply surviving and more toward ensuring a high quality of life after mastectomy. Survivorship is a status that now implies a long-term designation, and that definition requires a change in perspective.

Additionally, the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, which requires coverage for reconstructive surgery from any insurance company that pays for mastectomies, was signed into law in 1998. This mandate helped put reconstructive procedures suddenly within the financial reach for many women who might not have otherwise been able to afford the costs related to additional surgeries.

Improved Awareness

Along with an improvement in medical treatments and reconstruction techniques has come greater awareness of women’s rights and choices when it comes to breast cancer. Although the WHCRA has been in effect for close to two decades, not all women are aware of its existence. As educational efforts continue to expand, more women are choosing to exercise their right to comprehensive breast cancer treatment that includes reconstruction.

Dr. Nirav Savalia


Dr. Savalia is known for the most innovative, advanced breast reconstruction techniques. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and artist who creates the most natural, elegant, personalized aesthetic results. He is as renown for his care and compassion as he is for extraordinary outcomes. This is why he was named one of Orange County’s Physicians of Excellence by his peers.

A Team Approach for the Best Breast Care Possible

Dr. Savalia’s Breast Health Center team includes the finest oncologists, radiation specialists, geneticists, and nurse navigators. Being cared for by an established team is a great advantage for patients.

"I prefer a light-handed approach that leaves my patients looking visibly rejuvenated, not surgically enhanced."

What Dr. Savalia's Patients Are Saying


Dr. Savalia is a very gifted surgeon and has true artistic ability. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Savalia for any type of plastic surgery. He truly exceeded my expectations. I feel very fortunate to have worked with him and his team and if I ever have any need for a plastic surgeon in the future he will be my first choice.

- RIMA, AGE 55

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