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This type of reconstruction is more complex than implant reconstruction|.
Breast reconstruction using your own tissue involves transferring a flap of skin, fat and sometimes muscle from another part of your body (the donor site) to your chest wall to create a breast shape. The flap is usually taken from either your back or tummy (abdomen). Some types of reconstruction use both a flap of tissue and an implant to help give the right shape, especially if a larger breast is being reconstructed.
Flap reconstruction can be used to create a new breast after a mastectomy|, or to replace breast tissue that has been taken away during a lumpectomy| (wide local excision).
This type of reconstruction may be suitable for women who:
There is a risk that radiotherapy may shrink or harden the tissue used to form the new breast and affect how the breast looks. So if your doctors think you may need radiotherapy after a mastectomy, they may suggest you have a delayed breast reconstruction|.
Content last reviewed: 1 June 2011
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