Breast Reconstruction

Procedure Details

Breast reconstruction. The goal is to restore breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy. 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). 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 refers to patients who choose to undergo mastectomies to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer where there is a high rate of breast cancer in their family.

Breast Reconstruction

This Harrisburg area patient is a 35-year old female who previously underwent a under-the-pectoralis muscle breast augmentation procedure with saline implants. Here she underwent immediate bilateral breast reconstruction after bilateral nipple sparing mastectomies for prophylactic mastectomies for a strong family history for breast cancer. After 4 months of tissue expansion, her expanders were replaced with 650 cc Smooth Xtra High Profile Mentor Silicone Implants placed under the pectoralis muscle. Before mastectomies: bra size 32C. After: 32C+.


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