Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy or Lumpectomy
The removal of a breast, usually for treatment of breast cancer, presents both physical and emotional difficulties for women. Plastic surgical procedures are available which can reconstruct the breast following mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer. Reconstruction can be unilateral, in the case of unilateral mastectomy, or bilateral, in the case of bilateral mastectomies. Breast reconstruction is usually performed at the time of the mastectomy or lumpectomy, but may also be performed afterwards. Breast reconstruction can be performed with implants or with your own tissue. Your surgeon will discuss which option is best suited for you during the consultation stage.