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Breast reconstruction surgery is now an option available for most women dealing with the physical changes following mastectomy for breast cancer.
Studies have shown that breast reconstruction improves the emotional and physical well-being of these women, many of whom are unaware of the opportunity for this type of surgery; hence they “suffer” in silence, often leading to depression.
Using new surgical techniques, we can now create natural looking breast mounds and nipples. The breast mound can be reconstructed by using the patient’s own tissue often from the abdomen (tummy) or with the use of a tissue expander, followed by a breast implant. The final stage will involve the formation of the nipple and areola.
Following surgery, most women find they can wear almost all types of clothing with complete confidence.
Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance, and size following mastectomy.
Although breast reconstruction can rebuild your breast, the results are highly variable:
A note about symmetry: 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 the size and position of both breasts.