Information about Breast Reconstruction

In some cases, post-mastectomy breast reconstruction can be done immediately following mastectomy. In reconstruction, a new breast is formed using an implant or tissue from the patient's body.

Breast reconstruction usually involves more than one operation, and the initial procedure is often the most complex. Skin-sparing mastectomy allows for the least difficult reconstructive surgery—the procedure is more complicated when a larger amount of skin has been removed.

There are several different techniques available for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, and patients should discuss options with their surgeon and health care team.

For additional important information about breast reconstruction, go to the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society or BRA Day USA.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 01 Nov 2001

Last Modified: 17 Oct 2014