Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that can be opted by women who have undergone lumpectomy or mastectomy. The surgery helps in restoring one or both breasts to near normal shape, symmetry, size and appearance. Breast reconstruction is done at the same time as a mastectomy or lumpectomy in most cases; however, it can also be done many months or even years after mastectomy or lumpectomy. Breast reconstruction surgery is performed in two ways
This surgery involves the insertion of an implant that is filled with saline (saltwater) or silicone gel.
Using tissue transplanted from another part of the body (such as the belly, thigh or back). This procedure may also include an implant in order to achieve better symmetry and appearance.
It is an approach for breast cancer patients that improve cosmetic outcomes. To do this, surgeons will combine breast cancer tumour removal (a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy) and plastic surgery techniques (reconstructive surgery) at the same time of breast conservation surgery