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Dr. Kitti K. Outlaw is a Member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Reconstructive Breast Surgery

Breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or other condition.


The Procedure

Dealing with cancer is an incredible physical and emotional challenge. Cancer that takes away one's secure feelings about her femininity and sexuality makes the experience even more difficult. Thanks to technological advances in surgery and science, women who undergo a mastectomy can have a new breast made either from an implant or their own (autologous) tissue.

Whether performed immediately following a mastectomy or at a later time, breast reconstruction can dramatically improve a woman's appearance, self-confidence, and quality of life. Studies show that immediate reconstruction does not delay post-operative chemotherapy, prolong recovery, or hinder the diagnosis of local cancer recurrence.


Breast Cancer Resources ButtonBreast Reconstruction Resources

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has put together a listing of resources for people with breast cancer, including treatment options and legislative initiatives. The resources on this page include links to letters from patients who have had breast reconstruction following mastectomy, a variety of ASPS/PSEF publications about breast cancer and breast reconstruction and a list of links to other online breast cancer support organizations.


Benefits of Breast Reconstruction

After completion of the reconstruction process, doctors may recommend further operations on the healthy breast to match it to the re-built one. Most women with breast cancer say that breast reconstruction with implants after mastectomy has helped their recovery by restoring a more natural appearance and a sense of wholeness. The ultimate result helps to restore the patient's physical appearance and to improve her self-confidence and overall quality of life.