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If you have a mastectomy to treat or prevent cancer, breast reconstruction can surgically recreate a natural-looking breast. The procedure can be performed at the time of your mastectomy or at a later date.
Your plastic surgeon helps you determine the size and shape of the breast(s) you want and, with the input of your cancer treatment team, which procedure is the best for you.
Breast reconstruction generally requires several procedures. Many women can begin breast reconstruction at the time of mastectomy (immediate reconstruction). Delayed reconstruction typically happens weeks or months after the mastectomy and often depends on whether you are undergoing radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy amongst other factors.Other factors may affect whether you are a candidate for immediate reconstruction or delayed reconstruction, including:
Our plastic surgeons have extensive experience in all types of breast reconstructive techniques, including the newest and most innovative procedures. When appropriate, we combine techniques, using flaps, implants and nipple tattooing, to achieve the most natural-looking outcome.
All forms of breast reconstruction after mastectomy have inherent risks, which will be fully discussed during your consultation.
A new MGH study is one of the first to detail the outcomes of breast reconstruction surgery after having a nipple-sparing mastectomy, and this new, hard data, researchers say, is good news.
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Wang Ambulatory Care Center 435
We are also located at:
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care 102 Endicott Street Danvers, MA 01923
The Mass General Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is located in the Wang Ambulatory Care Center at 15 Parkman St. Parking is available in the Parkman St. and nearby Fruit St. and Yawkey Center garages. Please note that some GPS systems do not recognize the 15 Parkman St. address. If you use a GPS system to drive to Mass General, enter Blossom St. as your destination, and then turn onto Parkman directly from Blossom.
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