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If you don't want to have surgery to replace the breast or partial breast, you still have options. Breast prostheses are becoming more natural and custom, including research in the works for 3-D printer prostheses made from a photo of the pre-surgery breast.
Whenever possible, surgeons use a skin and nipple-sparing mastectomy to preserve the skin and nipple. This minimizes scarring and improves your surgeon's ability to reconstruct your breasts. Reconstruction can be done at the time of the mastectomy or later.
This reconstruction can be performed at the same time as the mastectomy in a single-step process. It doesn't require a tissue expander before the permanent implant.
This can offer an option if you don't want an implant or you're unable to have one — either because there's not enough skin after a mastectomy or your skin has been damaged by radiation. This procedure uses skin from other parts of your body to rebuild the breast.
Sylvester offers several options for breast reconstruction after a lumpectomy, a surgery that removes only part of the breast tissue:
Learn more about these reconstruction options and see before-and-after photos.
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