Breast Reconstruction after Cancer

If you have undergone or are preparing for a Mastectomy or Lumpectomy a qualified Plastic Surgeon such as Aadil Khan can reconstruct the breast to rebuild the shape. 

Breast reconstruction can often be done at the same time as the mastectomy, or it can be done as a separate procedure later.

The main goal of the procedure is to help restore your sense of femininity and self-esteem following treatment. Now, there are several types of reconstruction procedures, and the one you opt for will largely depend on your individual circumstance and preference. 

Breast reconstruction procedures include:

Implant-based reconstruction

This procedure involves placing a silicone or saline implant under the chest muscle to create the shape of a breast. Your surgeon will work with you to identify the best size, shape, and type of implant that will look natural and complement your overall anatomy. 

Autologous reconstruction

In this procedure, your surgeon will use tissue from another part of your body, including the abdomen, back, or buttocks to create a new breast. 

During the procedure, the surgeon will take tissue from the donor site and use it to create a new breast mound. The blood vessels in the tissue are then reconnected to blood vessels in the chest to ensure adequate blood flow to the newly reconstructed breast.

Combination breast reconstruction

Some patients benefit from a combination reconstruction technique to meet their desired outcome. The most common combination breast reconstruction approach involves using both an implant and autologous tissue. 

This technique is called a “hybrid” reconstruction. The implant provides initial volume and shape to the breast, while the autologous tissue is used to refine the shape and provide additional soft tissue coverage.

Nipple and areola reconstruction

This procedure be done as a separate surgery to create a nipple and areola on the reconstructed breast to provide a more natural-looking breast and improve overall satisfaction with breast reconstruction.

Learn more about breast reconstruction surgery here.