Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction can be a physically and emotionally rewarding option for a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or another disease. Through a variety of plastic surgery techniques, the shape, appearance, and size of the breast may be restored. Reconstruction of a breast creates a new “breast” and has been proven to improve a woman’s self-image, self-confidence, and quality of life.  The results of breast reconstruction can be relatively natural in appearance; however, a reconstructed breast will never look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed.

Breast reconstruction typically involves several procedures performed in separate surgical interventions. It can begin at the same time as the mastectomy, or it may be delayed until a patient has healed from her mastectomy and recovered from any additional cancer treatments. It is important that a woman feel ready for the emotional adjustment involved. Much like losing a breast, it takes some time for a woman to accept the results of a new reconstructed breast. Visible incision lines will always be present from either the reconstruction or the mastectomy. Our surgeons from the The Breast Center will guide you every step of the way.

When only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, reduction, or augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry for the size and position of both breasts. Insurance companies are now required by law to provide coverage for breast reconstruction and related procedures to adjust the opposite breast. Pre-certification may be required, depending on a patient’s insurance carrier. 

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The Breast Center -- Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven

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