Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is a personal choice. The surgery rebuilds the breast so that it is about the same size and shape it was before. Reconstruction is physically and emotionally draining but can dramatically improve self-image, self-confidence and quality of life, allowing you to look and feel the same as you did before your breast was removed. Our doctors and medical staff at Twin City Plastic Surgery in Bloomington, Peoria, Champaign, and Springfield, IL will be there for you every step of the way.
Several types of operations can be done to reconstruct your breast. You can have a newly shaped breast with the use of an implant, your own tissue flap or a combination of the two. A tissue flap is a section of your own skin, fat and muscle moved from your tummy, back or other area to the chest.
Reconstruction may be done at the same time as a mastectomy. After the general surgeon removes the breast tissue, your plastic surgeon replaces it with an implant.
If your skin and chest wall tissue is tight and flat, then delaying reconstruction may be your option. A tissue expander is used to help expand the skin over time and a second surgery is needed to remove the expander and insert the long-term implant.
If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size and position of both breasts.