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Reconstructive Procedures

Reconstructive surgery is conducted to treat parts of the body affected aesthetically or functionally by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function and ability, but may also be performed to achieve a more typical appearance of the affected structure.

Breast reconstruction often involves multiple procedures performed in stages and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be postponed until a later date.

Breast reconstruction typically falls into two categories: implant-based reconstruction or flap reconstruction. Implant reconstruction relies on breast implants to help form a new breast mound. Flap (or autologous) reconstruction uses the patient's own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast.

There are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing which option is best:

  • Type of mastectomy
  • Cancer treatments
  • Patient's body type

About symmetry:

If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. Additionally, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size, shape and position of both breasts.


Phoebe Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
2405 Osler Court
Albany, Georgia 31707

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 229-312-6501.