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Breast Reconstruction (cont.)

Contra-Lateral Balancing Procedures in Breast Reconstruction

Many women require surgery on the breast opposite of their breast cancer to achieve symmetry with their reconstructed breast site. Some women may require enlargement (breast augmentation) of the contra-lateral breast while others may require a breast reduction. Older women with ptotic breasts (that "droop") may require a mastopexy, or breast lift, in order to match the breast after reconstructive surgery. It is very important to discuss breast size prior to the first reconstructive procedure such that the reconstruction site may be designed with a woman's personal preferences guiding the surgical plan.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/29/2016
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