What is breast reconstruction surgery?

Breast reconstruction surgery is a type of surgery for women who have had all or part of their breast removed, according to the American Cancer SocietyOff Site Icon (ACS).

The surgery rebuilds the breast as a mound so it is similar in size and shape to what it was before it was removed, according to the ACS. Surgeons also can add the nipple and areola to the newly created breast.

Breast reconstruction surgery is performed by a plastic surgeon, and most women who have had a part, a whole or both breasts removed can have reconstruction, according to the ACS.

For more information about breast reconstruction surgery, talk with your doctor.

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