If you have had a mastectomy to treat or prevent breast cancer or were born with a congenital abnormality that prevents the growth of breasts, you may wish to reconstruct the absent breast tissue. Breast reconstruction surgically recreates one or both breasts to restore a natural-looking shape, size, symmetry, and appearance.
What Is Breast Reconstruction?
Intending to shape the breast to look and feel as close to the natural breast’s shape, position, and size, breast reconstruction creates an entirely new breast, including the nipple-areola complex, utilizing one of several possible techniques. Some techniques that may be implemented include tissue expansion, breast implant reconstruction, and autologous (or flap) reconstruction, which harvests a flap of tissue from the patient’s abdomen, back, inner thigh, or buttock.