Breast Reconstruction after Cancer
To lose one or both breasts is a tragedy for most women. In most cases it is possible to reconstruct the breast, both with regard to shape, volume and symmetry. The nipple / areola complex can be reconstructed by the use of new techniques: the areola by tattoo, the nipple by local skin flaps and finally tissue expansion for reconstruction of the volume and the breast mound. This means one major operation under general anaesthesia and one (or two) minor operation(s) under local anaesthesia or intra-venous sedation. Additional surgery is normally minor but can produce the final optimal shape and volume. Today we also use autologous fat for improving the shape.
We reconstruct one, or sometimes both, breasts after cancer when cancer on one side is followed by a wish to remove the other breast too in order to minimize future risks.
It is no more difficult to reconstruct both breasts than only one of them.
Doctor Wieslander has been one of the first plastic surgeons in Scandinavia to use these modern reconstructive techniques in breast surgery.
The operation takes place at the Institute of Plastic Surgery, Western Harbour, Malmö, Sweden.