reconstruction is commonly performed on women
who have had a mastectomy (removal of the
breast due to cancer or pre cancerous
condition) or who have breast deformities.
Many women feel very insecure or
self-conscious about the appearance of their
breasts following mastectomy. Breast
reconstruction allows their natural curves to
be restored. Mastectomy can drastically
improve a patientís quality of life.
Breast reconstruction techniques are usually
performed in stages and can span across six
months. The first procedure, which is usually
performed at the time of the mastectomy, is
the longest and most complex. The subsequent
surgeries are usually outpatient and involve
minimal pain and recovery.
There are two categories of reconstruction: 1)
implant-based reconstruction and 2) techniques
that use only the patient's own tissue. During
recovery, patients typically experience
sensitivity, soreness, swelling and possible
decreased nipple sensation, but most side
effects subside as breasts heal.