In general, there are two types of breast reconstruction surgery. The first is implant-based reconstruction. It is performed using artificial breast implants inflated with saline. The second is called “flap reconstruction” or “autologous reconstruction.” It uses tissue from another area of the patient’s body to form a breast.
Is Breast Reconstruction Right for You?
Breast reconstruction can help restore or improve a woman’s physical appearance and self-esteem. However, if you choose to have surgery, it is important that you are doing it for yourself and not to earn the approval of others.
The best candidates for breast reconstruction surgery are those who:
- Are doing well physically, mentally and emotionally following their mastectomy
- Have realistic goals for the surgery and a positive mental attitude about the procedure
- Do not have any illnesses or medical conditions that would make healing difficult
Patients should understand that the results of breast reconstruction surgery vary, and the reconstructed breast will not be identical to a natural breast. For example, a reconstructed breast will not feel the same when touched or have the same sensation as a natural breast. In addition, incision lines from the procedure will always be visible to some degree. This includes incision lines at the donor site if a flap reconstruction is performed.
Multiple Procedures to Maximize Symmetry
In cases where only one breast is being reconstructed, augmentation, reduction or lift may be recommended for the other breast. Altering the shape, size or position of the remaining breast can improve symmetry and overall satisfaction with the results.
Micropigmentation for Uniform Skin Tones
Micropigmentation is a tattooing technique we use to even out skin tones and reduce the appearance of scars on the breasts following reconstruction. Pigment carefully selected by a skilled medical tattoo artist is implanted in the skin’s dermal layer. The procedure can give the breasts, areolas and nipples a beautifully natural look. It also helps camouflage any scarring produced by a mastectomy and reconstruction.