Oftentimes, women who undergo a procedure to treat their breast cancer
, experience a variety of emotions. We understand the one thing you shouldn't feel is ashamed of how your breasts look. That's why Mayo Clinic Health System offers a wide variety of reconstructive
options for restoring the breast or improving contour irregularities following surgery. If you had a mastectomy
, we can give your breasts a more natural look so you can look and feel your best. We invite you to read about breast reconstruction with flap surgery
and breast reconstruction with breast implants
to learn more about these procedures.
- Tissue expansion
During tissue expansion, a balloon inserted under your chest muscle is gradually filled with saline over a period of several weeks or months. The gradual inflation of the balloon stretches the skin and tissue over your chest to make room for an implant. After the tissue is adequately expanded, your surgeon performs a second surgery to remove the tissue expander and replace it with a permanent implant.
- Pedicle TRAM flap
In a pedicle TRAM flap procedure, the surgeon cuts a section of skin, muscle, fat and blood vessels from your abdomen, tunnels the tissue underneath your skin to its new location, and uses it to form a new breast mound.
- Latissimus dorsi flap
In this flap procedure, the surgeon takes tissue from the latissimus dorsi muscle in your back, tunnels it underneath your skin to its new location and uses it to form a new breast mound.
- Nipple reconstruction
After your breast has healed from reconstruction or mastectomy surgery, a plastic surgeon can reconstruct a new nipple and areola. The surgeon makes a star-shaped incision to form the new nipple and then adds a tattoo to shade in the new areola.