Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or other disease. Reconstruction of a breast that has been partially or completely removed is possible through a combination of plastic surgery techniques Dr. Piskun | Before & After Gallery that not only creates a new breast, but also can dramatically improve a woman's self-image, self-confidence and quality of life. The results of breast reconstruction can be relatively natural in appearance and feel; however, a reconstructed breast will never look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed.

Reconstruction involves several procedures that are done in stages. It may begin at the same time as the mastectomy or may be delayed until the patient has healed from the mastectomy and recovered from other cancer treatments that may be necessary.

Breast reconstruction is achieved through several reconstructive plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following a mastectomy. They may include:

  • Tissue expansion that stretches the healthy skin to provide coverage for a breast implant.
  • Flap techniques that reposition a woman's own muscle, fat and skin to create or cover the breast mound.
  • Surgical placement of a breast implant.
  • Grafting and other specialized techniques to create a nipple and areola.

A consultation with Dr. Mary Ann Piskun is the first step to learn how breast reconstruction can restore your breast's appearance. She will discuss your options for breast reconstruction, expected outcomes and the course of treatment involved.

Information provided by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ASPS members are certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Plastic surgeons with this certification have completed extensive surgical training and rigorous examinations in plastic surgery; this uniquely qualifies them to perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face and entire body. Dr. Mary Ann Piskun is Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.