Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy.
If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size and position of both breasts.
Breast reconstruction typically involves several procedures performed in multiple stages. It can begin at the same time as a mastectomy or be delayed until fully recovered from the mastectomy and any additional cancer treatments.