Some women may choose to undergo surgical breast procedures, unrelated to mastectomy, for other medical or cosmetic reasons. Some of these same procedures procedures are also used for women who undergo post-mastectomy reconstruction—for example to create a more balanced overall look by altering the unaffected breast when just one breast is reconstructed.
Regardless of which method of breast reconstruction you may choose, reconstruction of a nipple—a minor surgical procedure—really helps to make a reconstructed breast look as natural as possible.
Fat grafting, also known as lipofilling, can be used in many ways to refine the results of breast reconstruction surgery. For example, the technique can be used to add volume to a breast reconstructed with natural tissue, to smooth areas that have an irregular contour, or to camouflage the edges of an implant used for reconstruction.
Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue to reduce breast size and, at the same time, lifts and contours the breasts to produce natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing breasts.
A breast lift can restore a more youthful shape and a firmer feel to the breasts; this procedure can be done for purely cosmetic reasons, to improve symmetry between a woman’s breasts, or to achieve symmetry between a reconstructed breast and the opposite breast.
Breast augmentation, one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures, can be done to change the size and appearance of a woman’s breasts, balance breast size, or compensate for the reduced breast volume that frequently occurs following pregnancy or from aging.
Some women treated for breast cancer develop arm, breast, and chest swelling called lymphedema. The treatment of lymphedema involves many different modalities, including surgery. Sometimes, surgery makes it possible to reduce the swelling of lymphedema and significantly improve a person’s quality of life.
One of the most common abnormalities of breast shape is known as a tubular breast or tuberous breast. Breast implants or natural tissue can be used to correct tubular breasts and create a more aesthetically desirable appearance.
Corrective breast reconstruction can be an excellent option if you are unhappy with your breast reconstruction, feel that your breast reconstruction may have been done inadequately, or have had a breast reconstruction failure.