Types Of Reconstruction

  • Tissue Expander
  • Implant Reconstruction
  • Breast Conservation
  • “Flap” Reconstruction

Tissue Expander

A common breast reconstruction technique is tissue expansion, which involves the expansion of the breast skin and muscle using a temporary tissue expander. A few months later, the expander is removed and the patient receives either microvascular flap reconstruction or the insertion of a permanent breast implant.

Implant Reconstruction

Using a breast implant is another option for reconstructing the shape of your breast after surgery to remove the cancer. This type of breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as the cancer surgery, or at a later date. You should understand the benefits and risks of implants for breast reconstruction and discuss them with Dr. Ting.

Breast Conservation

Breast-conserving surgery (BCS) may be used as part of a treatment plan for breast cancer. It is sometimes called a lumpectomy or a partial mastectomy. During BCS, only the part of the breast that has cancer is removed. The cancer lump and some breast tissue around the lump are removed.

“Flap” Reconstruction

This method uses tissue such as skin, fat, and sometimes muscle,  from another place on your body to form a breast shape. The tissue (called a “flap”) usually comes from the belly, the back, buttocks, or inner thighs to create the reconstructed breast.