Reconstructive Surgery

Breast reconstructive surgery rebuilds the shape and appearance of a woman’s breast following surgery to treat breast cancer. Women who choose to reconstruct their breasts have several options, including using implants (saline or silicone) or tissue from elsewhere in the body.

Reconstructive surgery can be performed during a mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or following breast cancer therapy completion (delayed reconstruction). In the final stage of breast reconstruction, a nipple and areola may be re-created on the reconstructed breast.

A patient should work with her physician and cosmetic surgeon to discuss which options are best for her particular situation.