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Breast Reconstruction

What is Breast Reconstruction surgery?

What is Breast Reconstruction surgery?

Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy.



Am I a candidate for Breast Reconstruction surgery?

Am I a candidate for Breast Reconstruction surgery?

Breast reconstruction is a good option for you if:

  • You are able to cope well with your diagnosis and treatment
  • You do not have additional medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for restoring your breast and body image

Breast reconstruction typically involves several procedures performed in multiple stages. It can:

  • Begin at the same time as mastectomy, or
  • Be delayed until you heal from mastectomy and recover from any additional cancer treatments



How is Breast Reconstruction surgery done?

How is Breast Reconstruction surgery done?

Step 1 - Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 - Flap techniques reposition a woman's own muscle, fat and skin to create or cover the breast mound.

Sometimes a mastectomy or radiation therapy will leave insufficient tissue on the chest wall to cover and support a breast implant. The use of a breast implant for reconstruction almost always requires either a flap technique or tissue expansion.


A TRAM flap uses donor muscle, fat and skin from a woman's abdomen to reconstruct the breast. The flap may either remain attached to the original blood supply and be tunneled up through the chest wall, or be completely detached, and formed into a breast mound.


Alternatively, your surgeon may choose the DIEP flap technique which does not use muscle but transports tissue to the chest from the abdomen or buttock.


A latissimus dorsi flap uses muscle, fat and skin from the back tunneled to the mastectomy site and remains attached to its donor site, leaving blood supply intact.


Occasionally, the flap can reconstruct a complete breast mound, but often provides the muscle and tissue necessary to cover and support a breast implant.

Step 3 - Tissue expansion stretches healthy skin to provide coverage for a breast implant.

Reconstruction with tissue expansion allows an easier recovery than flap procedures, but it is a more lengthy reconstruction process.


It requires many office visits over 4-6 months after placement of the expander to slowly fill the device through an internal valve to expand the skin.


A second surgical procedure will be needed to replace the expander if it is not designed to serve as a permanent implant.

Step 4 - Surgical placement of a breast implant creates a breast mound.

A breast implant can be an addition or alternative to flap techniques. Saline and silicone implants are available for reconstruction.


Your surgeon will help you decide what is best for you. Reconstruction with an implant alone usually requires tissue expansion.

Step 5 - Grafting and other specialized techniques create a nipple and areola.

Breast reconstruction is completed through a variety of techniques that reconstruct the nipple and areola





Before and After - Actual Patient Results

Breast Reconstruction using tissue expander Before and After Photos

Tissue Expander Technique





Breast Reconstruction using TRAM Before and After Photos

TRAM Technique




Breast Reconstruction using Expansion Technique Before and After Photos

Before mastectomy and tissue expansion After silicone implant replacement of expander





Many Procedure Details Excerpted from the ASPS/ASAPS Patient Education Brochures © ASPS/ASAPS 2008

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