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How is breast reconstruction surgery done?

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The appearance, contour, and volume of the breast can be recreated with implants or with a woman's own tissue. If an implant is used, it's sized to match the opposite breast. When possible, the implant is placed beneath a chest muscle. A breast also can be recreated using a woman's own tissue. At times, patty of the lower abdominal wall can be used. Other tissue optionsare back muscle and skin or fat and muscle from the buttock. Sometimes surgery on the normal breast is done so both breasts will be the same size.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy."

Susan G. Komen for  the Cure: "Breast Reconstruction."

FDA: "Breast Implants."

MedlinePlus: "Breast reduction."

MedlinePlus: "Cosmetic breast surgery."

 

 

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy."

Susan G. Komen for  the Cure: "Breast Reconstruction."

FDA: "Breast Implants."

MedlinePlus: "Breast reduction."

MedlinePlus: "Cosmetic breast surgery."

 

 

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

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