Breast Reconstruction

If your breast cancer treatment includes surgery, you might choose breast reconstruction surgery as a way to restore the shape and look of your breast.

Not every breast cancer patient opts for reconstruction surgery, but if you choose it, our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons will work with you to evaluate your best options and answer any questions, from how to coordinate the procedure around radiation and infusion treatments to how long recovery should take.


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How Breast Reconstruction Works

There are different types of breast reconstruction surgery, depending on the type of procedure used to remove the cancer.

If you opt for breast implants – made of saline or silicone - to reconstruct the shape of your breast, it can be done as part of the cancer surgery or started during that surgery and completed in a separate procedure later. There are two kinds of implants. Both have a silicone shell, but are filled with either saline (sterile saltwater) or silicone gel.


Reconstruction Using Your Body Tissue

Surgeons can rebuild the shape of your breast after cancer surgery using tissue from other parts of your body such as your back, buttocks or thighs to rebuild the breast shape.

Called a tissue-flap procedure or autologous tissue reconstruction, this procedure results in a more natural feeling and looking breast because the tissue is your own. If you are interested in this procedure, your surgeon will evaluate you to determine if you’re eligible.

More About Breast Reconstruction


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

We offer the latest treatments through our ongoing membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Alliance, which gives you access to the latest standards of care and clinical trials.

The MSK Alliance

Support at the Cancer Institute

The Cancer Institute offers whatever you and your family need on your journey, whether it’s access to an oncology social worker, a nurse navigator to coordinate your care or the support of our Patient and Family Resource Center.


Meet our Breast Reconstruction Specialists:

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Name Specialties Location
Allen, Brian Michael, MD Allen, Brian Michael, MD
4.9 /5
175 surveys
860.223.0800
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Plainville
Babigian, Alan, MD, FACS Babigian, Alan, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
180 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Bass, David Martin, MD Bass, David Martin, MD 860.247.3479
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Glastonbury
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Bluestein, Harvey Jay, MD Bluestein, Harvey Jay, MD 203.254.8557
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fairfield
  • Norwalk
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Castiglione, Charles Leonard, MD, FACS Castiglione, Charles Leonard, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
154 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Cech, Alex Charles, MD Cech, Alex Charles, MD
4.9 /5
171 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Chandler, Laurel, MD Chandler, Laurel, MD 203.423.3132
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Darien
Cifarelli, Laura, APRN Cifarelli, Laura, APRN 475.210.7002
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Bridgeport
  • Milford
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Craig, Elizabeth Stirling, MD Craig, Elizabeth Stirling, MD 475.210.7002
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Bridgeport
  • Milford
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Delucia, Orlando, MD, FACS Delucia, Orlando, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
146 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • Torrington
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Hughes, Christopher David, MD Hughes, Christopher David, MD 860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
Martin, Richard J., MD, DMD Martin, Richard J., MD, DMD 860.885.0444
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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  • Norwich
Patel, Akshay V., DO, FAOCO Patel, Akshay V., DO, FAOCO 860.493.1950
  • Otolaryngology
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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  • Wethersfield
  • Hartford
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Smith, Steven Scott, MD Smith, Steven Scott, MD
4.8 /5
135 surveys
860.548.7338
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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