There are many different reconstruction techniques available. Your healthcare team can talk to you about the options that are best for you, but it's in your best interest to do your own research, too. If you know someone else who had reconstruction, you might find it helpful to talk to her about her decision process, her doctors, and her satisfaction with the results.
There are two main techniques for reconstructing your breast:
- Inserting an implant that's filled with salt water (saline), silicone gel, or a combination of the two.
- Using tissue transplanted from another part of your body (such as your belly, thigh, or back). This is called autologous reconstruction. Autologous reconstruction also may include an implant.
You also can choose whether or not to reconstruct your nipple.
On the following pages, you can read about:
- Implant Reconstruction
- Autologous or "Flap" Reconstruction
- Reconstruction Options: A Comparison Chart
- Altering the Opposite Breast
- Minor Corrections After Reconstruction
- Reconstruction After Lumpectomy
- Nipple Reconstruction