Breast reconstruction is considered if the breast has not developed, there has been extensive trauma, or most commonly, after mastectomy for breast carcinoma.
Breast reconstruction aims to provide a symmetrical, lasting mound of tissue with similar shape, form, and consistency to that of the opposite breast, with or without nipple-areola reconstruction, although it is technically impossible to produce a sensate breast indistinguishable from its normal partner.
Repeated operations are usually required for the best cosmetic results. The patient should be presented with all the options and allowed to choose the timing and technique that is most preferable.
Last reviewed 01/2018