What Is Reconstruction Surgery?

Breast reconstruction surgery creates an artificial breast. Today, almost any woman who has had a mastectomy can have her breast reconstructed. Successful breast reconstruction can occur even if you have radiation-damaged, thin, or tight skin.

Some breast reconstruction looks like a real breast, but not all surgical results look perfect and yours may look real only under a bra or clothing. Unclothed, you will be able to see that you've had breast surgery.

Consultation with a plastic surgeon is generally recommended in order to determine the breast reconstruction options for your particular situation. If possible, you should discuss breast reconstruction before your cancer surgery because the position of the incision can affect the reconstruction. Unfortunately, many women consider the option of reconstruction only after breast surgery.

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