Breast reconstruction is a type of surgery for women who have had all or part of a breast removed. The surgery rebuilds the breast mound so that it is about the same size and shape as it was before. In some cases one breast needs to be reconstructed, and the other reduced. The nipple and the darker area around the nipple (aereola) can also be added by tattooing.
The emotional and psychological adjustments of breast reconstruction are another factor to consider when life-altering decisions must be made. The choice to have breast reconstruction is a personal one and the risks and benefits must be acceptable to you. Discussing all of your breast reconstruction options with your surgeon is crucial to making an informed decision.
Although breast reconstruction can rebuild your breast, the results are highly variable:
A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces.
Visible incision lines will always be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy.
Certain surgical techniques will leave incision lines at the donor site, commonly located in less exposed areas of the body such as the back, abdomen or buttocks.