Breast reconstruction is surgery to create a new breast after the removal of the breast or part of it due to cancer or another cause.
Breast reconstruction helps to improve the patient’s psychological health, self-esteem, sexuality and body image.
– Create a new breast
– Possible modification of the opposite breast (mastopexy, reduction) in patients with contralateral mastectomy (optional)
– Creation of a new nipple
– Breast reconstruction with silicone implants
– Flap reconstruction- This method uses tissue from another area of the body
– Combination of both methods.
The time and type of recovery depends on the type and stage of the cancer, other treatments that may be needed, and patient preferences. Thus, a meeting between the breast surgeon, the plastic surgeon, and the patient should take place immediately after the cancer is diagnosed in order to determine treatment options.