Breast Reconstruction

Procedure Details

Breast reconstruction. The goal is to restore one or both breast to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or for congenital deformities. Breast reconstruction usually involves multiple procedures performed in stages. There are 2 broad categories of reconstruction options, implants or flap reconstruction (using your own body tissue). While these seem like 2 separate categories, they can be combined in many cases to help patients achieve their reconstructive goals. When the breast reconstruction process starts at the time of mastectomy it is referred to as immediate breast reconstruction. When breast reconstruction starts any time after the mastectomy it is referred to as delayed breast reconstruction. The type of mastectomy, the type of treatment for cancer (chemotherapy and radiation) can have a large effect on the outcome of the breast reconstruction. Prophylactic mastectomies refer to patients who choose to undergo mastectomies to reduce their risk for the development of breast cancer where there is a high rate of breast cancer in their family.

Breast Reconstruction

This Harrisburg area patient is a 47 year old female with an A cup bra size developed left invasive carcinoma breast cancer. She did not receive radiation, nor chemotherapy. She was treated with a left skin sparing mastectomy (nipple removed) with immediate breast reconstruction via tissue expander placement. After 3 months of tissue expansion, her tissue expanders were exchanged for a Mentor 200 cc High Profile Silicone Gel Implant (B cup bra size). She needed additional fat grafting in the upper pole to establish an anatomic result. Photos are 6 months after implants were placed and 3 months after fat grafting was performed.


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