Breast Reconstruction



The goal of Breast Reconstruction following mastectomy is to restore balance, symmetry and shape to the breasts.  Sometimes this can be achieved with surgery on one breast alone, sometimes it requires treatment of both. 

Surgery: Outpatient
Est. Surgery Time: 3-5 Hours
Recovery: Walking is encouraged right away
Post-Surgical Care: Light dressing and a surgical bra
Est. Recovery Time:  3-4 weeks to return to strenuous activity


Women who have surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment may choose breast reconstruction surgery to rebuild the shape and look of the breast. There are different types of breast reconstruction. Learn about all your options and what to expect before and after your surgery.


What is The Breast Reconstruction Process?

The psychological, emotional, physical, and cancer-related issues all merge during this time and all must be addressed.  Coordination with the surgeon, Oncologist and Radiation Oncologist is necessary to keep the processes running smoothly. 

A number of reconstructive options are available.  The most common ones are implant based.  These usually require a number of steps.    These techniques usually begin with a tissue expander, an inflatable temporary implant, and finish with a more permanent implant.  Other techniques either use your own tissue, a flap, or a combination of a flap and an implant.  The best choice for you depends on your desires, your expectations, your anatomy, any effects of radiation, etc.  The most recent advance has been the incorporation of fat grafting into the reconstructive process.  This involves using your own fat and injecting it to fill out defects or irregularities in the breasts.