Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy
Many of our reconstructive patients come to us seeking breast reconstruction after mastectomy – either because of cancer, or increasingly, as a preventative measure. Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or congenital deformities. It often involves multiple procedures performed in stages and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date.
Generally, reconstruction falls into two categories: implant-based reconstruction or flap reconstruction. The former relies on breast implants to help form a new breast mound. Flap (or autologous) reconstruction uses the patient’s own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast. If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of size, shape, and position.
We recognize that pursuing reconstructive surgery is an incredibly personal decision with many questions, and we’ll help you evaluate different techniques, determine your surgical goals and prepare a plan that gives you confidence and peace of mind.