Jefferson Health

Breast Reconstruction

Our comprehensive breast care program includes clinical experts in breast reconstruction. Jefferson plastic surgeons provide expertise in discussing options and providing the best cosmetic outcome for breast reconstruction, including advanced reconstructive surgery procedures after breast cancer treatment.

What Makes Breast Reconstruction at Jefferson Different?

Not long ago, women had few options for breast reconstruction. Today those options are expanding and, at Jefferson, our breast reconstructive surgeons can offer women several options depending upon their specific body type and breast cancer treatment.

Jefferson is only one of two major hospital systems in the Philadelphia region to perform the DIEP flap reconstruction.

Our plastic surgeons are key members of Jefferson's multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive breast cancer care. Working together with breast imaging radiologists, breast surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, and pathologists these specialists evaluate you and prepare a specially tailored treatment to meet your needs.

What is Breast Reconstruction?

Women choose breast reconstruction for different reasons and it is a personal decision. The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore the breast(s) to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy or lumpectomy surgery for breast cancer treatment. Breast reconstruction usually involves several procedures performed in stages, and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date.

Our plastic surgeons continue to develop many new and advanced breast reconstruction techniques, and their goal is to make sure you are aware of the options available to you.

Deciding on Breast Reconstruction

One of the first decisions you must make with your plastic surgeon is what type of breast reconstruction you will undergo. Our Jefferson plastic surgeons will examine your medical history, previous and current treatments and your state of health. They will address your concerns about reconstruction and expectation of your desired outcome.

Factors which are considered when choosing the right reconstructive option for you include:

  • Type of surgical treatment you are having (type of mastectomy)
  • Your cancer treatments
  • Your overall health and any medical issues
  • Your body type

Breast reconstruction can often be done at the same time as the mastectomy, but it is also important to note breast reconstruction can be performed at any point after a mastectomy, whether it is months or years down the line.

Breast reconstruction falls into two categories:

  • Implant reconstruction
  • Reconstruction using own tissues (often referred to as flap procedures)

Learn more about the types of breast reconstruction.