Breast Reconstruction

Every patient who had reconstruction said it was the biggest challenge of everything – mastectomy, chemo and radiation - Dr. Joanne Weidhaas

Breast Reconstruction
Breast Reconstruction

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Reconstruction after breast cancer: It's not a boob job

I’m being sarcastic, of course. Only a fool would confuse breast reconstruction with a boob job, but sadly, there seem to be a lot of fools out there. I should know; I used to be one of them, until a radiologist uttered those three little words that have made such a difference to so many peoples’ lives: You have cancer.

After that, everything changed, including my understanding of what women have to go through to get their girls back. And trust me, it’s not easy and it’s not quick.

Unless you’re lucky. Or Angelina Jolie. Jolie had immediate reconstruction after her prophylactic mastectomy. Breast tissue comes out, tissue expanders go in, then the TEs (as they're called)…

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 Reconstruction after breast cancer: It's not a boob job

I’m being sarcastic, of course. Only a fool would confuse breast reconstruction with a boob job, but sadly, there seem to be a lot of fools out there.

Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery

The AiRS mission is to provide women access to breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy. We advocate for, educate, and support breast cancer survivors by raising awareness, building confidence, and restoring dignity through funding and the support of our professional network across the country.


The loss of a breast can psychologically impact the life of a breast cancer patient. Tensive's long-term mission is to restore a natural breast to patients who experienced reconstructive surgery after mastectomy or lumpectomy, to improve their quality of life and avoiding recurrent and expensive surgical operations.

Breast Reconstruction Matters

I'm participating on this site to help women like you find answers to their questions about breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and gain the confidence to discuss their breast reconstruction options with their surgeons. Breast reconstruction is the right of every woman who has had, or is planning to have, a mastectomy. Surprisingly, though, only a small percentage of women facing a mastectomy are offered breast reconstruction. was created to help empower women to make informed choices about breast reconstruction. These are decisions that are important to women undergoing breast cancer treatment as well as women who choose risk reducing mastectomies, including those who carry the BRCA genetic mutation. Breast reconstruction is an important step for so many women to move beyond their diagnosis, and reclaim their lives.

It's also important to know that while breast reconstruction rebuilds the shape of the breast, it doesn't restore sensation to the breast or the nipple. Over time, the skin over the reconstructed breast can become more sensitive to touch, but it won't be exactly the same as it was before surgery.

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


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