Mastectomy (of Greek. Mastos “breast” and ektome “cutout”) are surgical removal of breast tissue, for example in breast cancer. It is common to remove the entire breast in a breast cancer surgery. All women should know what options they have to reconstruct their breasts. Breast reconstruction is achieved through various plastic surgery techniques that are trying to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy.
There are three main steps in a breast reconstruction:
- Creation of a new breast
- Touch-ups and reconstruction and possible modification of the opposite breast
- Create a new nipple and areola
A survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in 2012 showed that 89% of women want to see how a breast reconstruction can look before surgery.
You can be on sick leave for 2 to 3 weeks.