Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a type of surgery for women who have had a breast removed (mastectomy). The surgery rebuilds the breast mound so that it is about the same size and shape as it was before. The nipple and the darker area around the nipple (areola) can also be added. Most women who have had a mastectomy can have breast reconstruction surgery.

Breast reconstruction can be done at the time of your mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or at some point afterwards (delayed reconstruction). Reconstruction may be accomplished by the use of a breast implant, your own tissues, or a combination of the two. The breast reconstruction procedure and products that are right for you will vary depending on your desired outcome, personal preferences, and several clinical factors.

Breast reconstruction using your own tissue without the use of implants is called autologous (referring to your own tissue) flap surgery. An autologous flap procedure uses a combination of skin, fat, and/or muscle that is moved from areas such as your abdomen, upper back, upper hip, or buttocks to the chest where it is shaped into a new breast.