Types of breast reconstruction


There are two main types of breast reconstruction: inserting implants under the skin and muscle on the chest; and using skin, fatty tissue and sometimes muscles from another part of the body to rebuild breasts (called tissue flap procedures).

gettyimages_754035881.jpgThe different types of breast reconstruction are:

It is important to weigh up the benefits (how the reconstructed breast(s) may look and feel after surgery) with the possible downsides (demands of surgery and the effect of surgery on the woman’s body, time and finances).

Every woman’s breast reconstruction result is different. A pleasing result for one woman might not be a pleasing result for another. Breast refinement procedures may be undertaken following breast reconstruction to enhance the aesthetic outcome (overall appearance and symmetry) of the reconstructed breast(s).

It is important to note that not all types of breast reconstruction procedures will be offered by all surgeons or available at all health care facilities (particularly some of the tissue flap breast reconstruction options).

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