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 54-year old female B+ cup who developed a right breast cancer and underwent bilateral skin sparing mastectomies. She did not have chemotherapy and no radiation. She had immediate breast reconstruction with tissue expanders placed under the pectoralis muscle.  After 4 months, her tissue expanders were exchanged for 600cc high profile Mentors silicone implants (now a C cup bra size). She then went on to have nipple reconstruction with skate flaps and full thickness skin grafts. Photos are 3 months after the nipple reconstruction.    


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