Breast Reconstruction

Getting diagnosed with breast cancer can be the most terrifying moment of a woman’s life. Overcoming your battle with breast cancer can leave you filled with joy but also worried about the next step. Many women struggle to overcome the negative feelings that can stem from losing their breasts due to a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction surgery can help women reclaim their confidence and bodies following their breast cancer battle.

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Benefits of Breast Reconstruction

Restore Breast Shape

Enhanced Volume

During a complete mastectomy, all of your breast tissue is removed, including the external features. This will leave you with no breast shape. The goal of breast reconstruction is to recreate the appearance of the breast in the most natural way possible.

Add Nipple-Areolar Complex

Improved Shape

The entirety of the nipple-areolar complex is removed during a complete mastectomy. During the reconstruction process, we can construct a nipple out of your breast skin. Tattooing can restore the color of the areola.

Provide Closure

Boost in Confidence

Choosing breast reconstruction is a personal decision. Some women do not wish to undergo the procedure following their mastectomy. However, women who do often say they feel whole again and that having breasts provides them with closure after their arduous journey.

Your Breast Reconstruction

  • Non-smokers or those who haven’t smoked for several months
  • Undergoing a mastectomy or double mastectomy
  • Have concluded radiation treatment
  • Have approval from their oncologist
  • Have realistic expectations of the procedure
  • Desire to restore their breasts for themselves, not someone else
  • In cases where only one of the breasts is removed, we can perform a unilateral reconstruction.
  • In these situations, we may need to also make adjustments to the opposite breast not undergoing reconstruction.
  • Breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction techniques may be used to create a symmetrical appearance.
  • Some choose to add implants to both breasts so they look and feel similar.
  • Breast implants for reconstruction are placed using a two-step process involving tissue expanders.
  • A temporary expander is first placed in the breast pocket.
  • Over a series of weeks, the tissue expander is slowly filled to widen or stretch the breast pocket.
  • Once the tissue has been sufficiently stretched, the expander is replaced with a breast implant.
  • Although the two-step surgical process takes longer than tissue flap reconstruction, the recovery with this method is easier on the patient.
  • Tissue flap reconstruction is the best solution for creating breasts that look and feel extremely natural.
  • This method only produces small to moderately sized breasts. If you desire a larger cup size, you may want to consider using implants.
  • Your surgeon creates a new breast mound using a flap of excess tissue taken from the abdomen, back, or thighs.


The recovery experience after breast reconstruction largely depends on the type of procedure chosen and whether you underwent breast reconstruction immediately after a mastectomy or had delayed reconstruction. Dr. Rey will provide you with a recovery timeline and instructions to help your recovery go smoothly. As your body heals and you begin to appreciate your recreated feminine curves, you can experience the emotional healing from breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

The amount of scarring that develops is dependent on the techniques used as well as your body’s natural healing process. While some women will develop visible scarring, it is likely to fade over time.

Breast reconstruction is required by law to be covered by insurance. Contact your insurance provider about your coverage options.

Anesthesia is used to prevent pain during the procedure. Discomfort after the surgery can be controlled with medication prescribed by your surgeon.


You have the option of using saline or silicone breast implants. However, many women choose silicone because it better simulates the look and feel of breast tissue.

The area with the most excess tissue is typically used for flap reconstruction. Women who are thinner may not be good candidates for flap reconstruction.

Unfortunately, nipple reconstruction only creates the appearance of the nipple. It cannot restore nipple functionality or nerves.

Breast reconstruction surgery is designed to provide long-term restoration of your breasts. Most women achieve a satisfactory breast appearance that lasts for years. Those with implants may require replacement after 10 or 15 years if they become worn or damaged. Consult the manufacturer for typical implant life and warranties.



Before & After Photos

Before & After Photos

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