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For many women, restoring the look and feel of their breasts can be emotionally rewarding and promote a general sense of well-being. If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery, Sientra has a comprehensive portfolio of options to support you along your reconstructive journey.


what is breast reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores the shape and appearance of a breast. You may consider breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or a lumpectomy.

The most common approach is implant-based reconstruction which uses a breast implant to rebuild breast shape.1

Breast reconstruction can either be performed in a one-step procedure, often referred to as direct-to-implant, where the implant is inserted at the time of your mastectomy. Or, more commonly, the reconstruction takes place in two steps.1


During the two-step reconstruction method, a temporary breast tissue expander is used to form a new breast pocket which will eventually hold the long-term breast implant.

Step One

Sterile saline is injected through the expander port to slowly stretch the muscle and skin creating a pocket for the breast implant step-one-diagram

Step Two

Once the pocket is formed (typically within 2-6 months following surgery) the tissue expander is removed and replaced with a long-term breast implant2 step-two-diagram

Immediate vs. Delayed Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction can begin at the time of your mastectomy (Immediate) or it can be performed months or years later (Delayed). Timing will depend on your stage of cancer and treatment plan post mastectomy:3

Some benefits of
Immediate Reconstruction3

  • One less surgery and potentially less costs
  • Emotional benefit of beginning reconstruction at same time as
    your mastectomy

Some benefits of
Delayed Reconstruction3

  • Allows for additional cancer therapies (such as chemo and radiation)
  • More time to consider your reconstruction options

You’ll want to discuss the timing of your breast reconstruction surgery with your doctor. Together you’ll determine your best path forward.

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