Does Breast Tissue Grow Back after a Mastectomy?

Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Serving Pensacola, FL & Mobile, AL

Posted: July 16, 2020
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a group of women who have recovered from breast cancerA mastectomy is one of the most common treatments for breast cancer. During this procedure, the entire breast is removed in order to get rid of all cancerous cells in the region. There are several different mastectomy techniques. Depending on the severity of your breast cancer, your oncologist may recommend:

  • Total mastectomy – The entire breast, including the skin, areola and nipple, are removed.
  • Skin-sparing mastectomy – The breast tissue, nipple and areola are removed, but most of the skin is left intact.
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy – The breast tissue is removed, but the nipple and skin are left intact.
  • Modified radical mastectomy – The entire breast is removed as with a total mastectomy. In addition, the lymph nodes under the arm are removed.
  • Radical mastectomy – The entire breast, pectoral muscles and lymph nodes underneath the arm are removed.
  • Double mastectomy – Both breasts are removed. This procedure is often done as a precautionary measure in women who possess high risk factors for developing breast cancer.

In most instances, all of your breast tissue is removed during a mastectomy. As a result, it is extremely unlikely that your breast tissue will grow back after the procedure. Fortunately, you can undergo breast reconstruction to restore a natural breast appearance.

Breast Reconstruction Options

At Restore Plastic Surgery, we offer many breast reconstruction options, including:

  • DIEP flap surgery – This technique uses excess belly fat to rebuild your breasts, leaving a scar similar to a tummy tuck.
  • Prosthetic (implant) reconstruction – This technique uses a breast implant to restore a natural breast appearance. Often, tissue expanders will be placed at the time of the mastectomy to gradually stretch the skin in order to create room for the breast implant. However, there are some instances when a breast implant can be placed at the time of your mastectomy without the use of tissue expanders.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will discuss these options with you in detail and recommend the ideal treatment plan for your unique needs and goals.

Contact our Pensacola Plastic Surgeon

Please contact Restore Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call 850-500-7527 today to schedule a breast reconstruction consultation. We serve patients in Pensacola, Florida and Mobile, Alabama.