More than 200,000 women confront the reality of breast cancer each year. New approaches to breast cancer surgery and reconstructive surgery give women more choices than they would have had even a few years ago.
Most women with breast cancer opt for breast conservation surgery that minimizes the amount of breast tissue removed than in a mastectomy, in which the entire breast is removed). Those women who choose mastectomy, however, require reconstructive surgery to restore the appearance of their breast(s). The procedure rebuilds the contour of the breast and, if the patient wishes, the nipple and areola.
Breast reconstruction makes your breast(s) look balanced when wearing a bra, permanently regain your breast contour, and to give you a normal appearance without the need for prosthetic breasts.