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Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is the creation of a new breast after mastectomy. Reconstruction is considered part of a comprehensive approach to the treatment of breast cancer and is the final stage of the surgical process. Reconstruction surgeries include the following:

Breast Implants - The placement of a silicone or saline-based implant in the breast.

  • Saline Breast Implants - These implants are filled with a salt solution. Saline implants came into use several years ago when the safety of silicone implants was under scrutiny. They are considered safe, but some women say theses types of implants feel hard or unnatural. Improved surgical techniques have helped reduce this complaint.
  • Silicone Breast Implants - Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel which is a thick fluid that feels like human fat. Several years ago, there were concerns surrounding the safety of silicone implants if the implant leaked. In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration cleared them for use once again. There is no evidence that leaking silicone gel causes serious health problems.

    Patients will be informed of the potential benefits and drawbacks to these different types of implants.

Autologous Implant - This procedure is plastic surgery that uses your own body’s tissue to reconstruct the breast. Tissue is typically taken from the stomach, back, or thighs.

Nipple Reconstruction - Tissue to form a new nipple may come from the breast itself, or another site such as the inner thigh. The nipple and areola are often tattooed to match the color of the opposite breast.

For more information about breast reconstruction optionswatch the breast reconstruction video with Dr. Jay Agarwal.