Breast reconstruction is a type of surgery for women who have had all or part of a breast removed. The surgery rebuilds the breast mound to match the size and shape of the other breast. While breast reconstruction rebuilds the shape of the breast, it does not restore sensation to the breast or the nipple. Over time, the skin over the reconstructed breast can become more sensitive to touch, but it will not be exactly the same as it was before surgery. There are 2 main categories of reconstruction: implant reconstruction, which uses a saline or silicone implant to create a breast shape, and the autologous or flap reconstruction, which takes tissue from another area of your body to create a breast form.
In some cases, an implant and flap may be used together. Breast reconstruction can be done at different times, depending on what works best for your situation. You might want to get a second opinion from other surgeons or women who have chosen breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction can make you feel better about how you look and can renew your self-confidence.