Breast Reconstruction is surgery performed to help restore a naturally shaped breast at the same time or after a mastectomy (breast removal). Breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or other condition.
If you need to have a mastectomy there are choices as to whether or not you have surgery that rebuilds or reconstructs the breast. The reconstruction procedure is performed so that the breast resembles as close as possible the breast that has been removed.
There are two main types of breast reconstruction procedure: implant reconstruction and flap reconstruction.
With implant reconstruction, an implant is placed under the skin and muscle to recreate the shape of the breast. In flap reconstruction, skin, fat and muscle are taken from elsewhere on the body to make the new breast. The procedure best for you will depend on your age, general health, size and shape of the other breast, and available body tissue.
Every woman is different and this procedure can be done in numerous ways that best suit the woman both emotionally and physically.