Infographic: Breast Reconstruction Options

Two breast reconstruction options improve quality of life.

Newer options may help individuals after breast cancer treatment.

Healing beyond removing the cancer.

About 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in their lifetime. One study found women preferred immediate reconstruction to delayed reconstruction. Breast reconstruction significantly improved body image, self-esteem and feeling of attractiveness and satisfaction.

35% of women with breast cancer will have a mastectomy. Removing one or both breasts may be required.

95% of women who had immediate reconstruction were satisfied with their decision.

76% of women who had delayed reconstruction would have preferred immediate reconstruction.

Two new approaches to breast reconstruction.

Pre-pectoral implants

  • Implants are placed over (not under) the pectoral muscle which can be less painful than the traditional method.
  • Surgery can be done at the same time as mastectomy in many cases.
  • Usually less discomfort during the recovery process than placement below the muscle.

diep (deep inferior epigastric perforator) flap surgery

  • Minimizes any injury to the abdominal muscles.
  • Uses tissue from the patient’s body, usually the abdomen, to reconstruct the breast.
  • Can be done at same time as mastectomy in many cases.
  • Requires specific surgical skills.

The best option for each patient is determined by a number of factors.

Stage and scale of the cancer

Reconstruction may be more challenging or riskier for late-stage cancer patients.

Radiation therapy

Implants may not be an option for patients receiving radiation as the radiation treatment can adversely impact effectiveness.

Body condition

The size and feel of the breast to be reconstructed may be better recreated with certain procedures.

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