Restoring the breast after a mastectomy is an integral part of breast cancer treatment.

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure performed to recreate the shape and appearance of a woman's breast following a mastectomy. At Penn, we believe that restoration of the breast following mastectomy is an integral part of the holistic treatment of breast cancer.

The procedure can also be used to help women with congenital conditions and those injured in accidents or other trauma.

In the following video, breast cancer survivor, Jackie Simms, and Chief of Plastic Surgery, Joseph Serletti, MD, talk about how restoration of the breast following a mastectomy closes the loop on breast cancer.

Timing of Breast Reconstruction

The timing of breast reconstruction is another important factor to consider. Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed either at the time of mastectomy or at some point after the initial mastectomy is completed.

Regardless of the timing or type, breast reconstruction improves the patient's quality of life by restoring a sense of self and body image.

Learn more about what to expect:

Who is a good candidate?

Many women consult with a reconstructive plastic surgeon soon after being diagnosed with breast cancer. This allows the surgeon to be an integral part of the cancer treatment team.

However, if you had a mastectomy without reconstructive surgery, it may still be possible to restore a more natural appearance. Our surgeons will help you determine the best options for you.

Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day

We believe education, awareness and access for women who may wish to consider post-mastectomy breast reconstruction is extremely important. For this reason, we participate in BRA Day each year. 

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