Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy due to cancer can improve self-image, self-confidence and quality of life. Using the newest techniques, a breast that is similar in appearance to that of the natural breast can be created. Although surgery can give you a relatively natural-looking breast, a reconstructed breast will never look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed. Scars will always be present on the breast as well as donor sites in certain techniques.
Breast reconstruction typically involves several procedures performed in stages. Procedures such as breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be required on the opposite breast to achieve symmetry of both breasts.