Recreates a natural-looking breast
after mastectomy, or breast removal, due to cancer or another disease
Breast reconstruction is performed to recreate natural-looking breasts for women who have undergone a mastectomy or suffer from breast irregularities.
Some women elect to undergo breast reconstruction immediately following mastectomy, while other women may begin the reconstruction process years afterward.
The best candidates for breast reconstruction are women whose cancer has been eliminated as best as can be determined. Patients should also be in good general health and should not smoke.
Women who suffer from breast irregularities also sometimes choose to undergo breast reconstruction. This is a process whereby breasts are reshaped to appear more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing.
The reconstruction process typically consists of multiple procedures which may be performed over a period of time. The first step in the reconstruction process involves the creation of the breast mound. This may take place during or after mastectomy. Follow-up procedures may be performed to reconstruct the breast, either with or without implants.