Breast Reconstruction: An Overview
Breast reconstruction is an increasingly common surgical procedure for women who have had a mastectomy. A surgeon may carry out a breast reconstruction immediately following a mastectomy or some time after treatment. The aim of a breast reconstruction is to create a breast that resembles a natural breast - in appearance and form. Today there are many ways for a surgeon to do this but typically it is either by creating a breast mound by using an artificial implant or tissue from your own body. The procedure best for you depends on a range of factors that include, but are not limited to, your age, general health, whether or not you are having treatment, your available body tissue and or whether or not you are a smoker.
A breast reconstruction is a very personal choice. A choice that can be very difficult for some and straightforward for others.
Breast reconstruction takes more than one surgery. Extra steps may include:
- Adding a nipple
- Changing the shape or size of the reconstructed breast
- Operating on the opposite breast for a better match
- Tattooing around the areola
Below is an overview of the various reconstructions available. It is recommended that you talk through these options with your surgeon in detail, pulging your full medical history.