Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael J. Lacqua is experienced in performing breast reconstruction surgery for women who have had a mastectomy and want the shape of the removed breast rebuilt

Many women who have a mastectomy — surgery to remove an entire breast to treat or prevent breast cancer — have the option of having the shape of the removed breast rebuilt.

Women seeking to have the reconstructive surgery performed on Staten Island or in Brooklyn may find Dr. Michael J. Lacqua, a plastic surgeon and board certified wound care physician to be the right choice, whether recommended or found through an online search, such as “breast reconstruction surgeons near me.”

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) is a federal law that requires group health plans and health insurance companies that offer mastectomy coverage to also pay for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy.


Women who choose to have their breasts rebuilt have several options for how it can be done. Breasts can be rebuilt using implants (saline or silicone). They can also be rebuilt using autologous tissue (that is, tissue from elsewhere in the body). Sometimes, both implants and autologous tissue are used to rebuild the breast.

Surgery to reconstruct the breasts can be done (or started) at the time of the mastectomy (which is called immediate reconstruction), or it can be done after the mastectomy incisions have healed and breast cancer therapy has been completed (which is called delayed reconstruction).

Delayed reconstruction can happen months or even years after the mastectomy.

In a final stage of breast reconstruction, a nipple and areola may be re-created on the reconstructed breast, if these were not preserved during the mastectomy.

Sometimes breast reconstruction surgery includes surgery on the other, or contralateral, breast so that the two breasts will match in size and shape.

Source: The surgical options described in this blog post are part of “Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy,” a fact sheet originally published by the National Cancer Institute.


Staten Island-based Michael J. Lacqua, M.D., is a preeminent plastic/reconstructive surgeon, hand surgeon and board certified wound care expert. Dr. Lacqua’s practice administers experienced, round-the-clock plastic surgery response to hand injuries and injuries requiring stitches – throughout Staten Island and the Southwest corridor of Brooklyn.

Treatment and surgical procedures following an accident are performed in either of Dr. Lacqua’s two offices (Staten Island, or Bay Ridge, Brooklyn), or at a local hospital.

Helping diminish the financial angst of those dealing with a sudden injury, the surgical practice works in tandem with patients and their insurance companies with a goal of providing optimum care with little or no out-of-pocket expense to the patient.


24-Hour Telephone: 718-761-3700

Dr. Lacqua’s offices are located at:

  • 2372 Victory Boulevard

Staten Island, NY 10314

  • 9602 4th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11209

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