Breast Reconstruction refers to the creation of a new breast usually following a mastectomy performed as a result of breast cancer. The procedure can be done immediately (during the mastectomy in co-operation with your general surgeon) or on a delayed basis (any time thereafter in a separate procedure).
There are two major types of breast reconstruction: “Autologous reconstruction“ describes making a breast utilizing your own tissue, usually taken from your abdomen, back or buttock. “Alloplastic reconstruction” refers to making a breast using one of many different shapes and sizes of implants. The best option for you will be discussed and decided between you and Dr. Bowman during your consultation.
Although a breast cancer diagnosis is devastating for most women, our patients tell us that the reconstructive period following the mastectomy is a positive process. It is a time of renewal and rebuilding. You will feel that you have more control, and in the case of tissue expanders, you begin to see your breast(s) return in form week by week.
Breast reconstruction often involves a second stage procedure wherein the breast mound will be adjusted (or the tissue expander removed and replaced with a soft breast-shaped implant) and your nipple will be reconstructed.
Where only one breast has been removed, many options are available for the other breast. It can be reduced in size and/or lifted to match the new reconstructed breast. Alternatively, it can be augmented with an implant if you prefer a larger breast size. Finally, it can be left untouched.
Breast reconstruction is real surgery. Before you decide on your option, it’s important to learn about any possible complications. These will be fully explained to you during your private consultation with Dr. Bowman. At that time, you will have an opportunity for a careful and complete discussion of your options and what is involved. You will benefit from asking all your questions and you will have an opportunity to browse through our before and after photos.