Breast Reconstruction

For women considering breast reconstruction surgery, understanding options and knowing what to expect are the foundation for good results. At Virginia Mason we offer the most advanced techniques for reconstructing the breast available today, and we will make sure you thoroughly understand all of your treatment options.

Your breast reconstruction surgery will involve many decisions, and a treatment plan spanning six months or longer.

Learn more about the types of breast reconstruction surgery offered at Virginia Mason. You may also want to watch this animated video about breast reconstruction from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

For more information about breast reconstruction at Virginia Mason and other resources, please call (206) 223-6831.

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Why Choose Virginia Mason for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

  • Experience — Virginia Mason plastic surgeons William Schmitt, MD, and Alexandra Schmidek, MD. They have performed hundreds of breast reconstructions and have more than 35 years of combined experience. Meet the breast reconstruction surgery team.
  • Expertise — The ability to perform microvascular surgery, the art of reconnecting tiny vessels requires specialized fellowship-trained surgeons. Our plastic surgeons offer a unique combination of microsurgical techniques and implant reconstruction to provide patients the best options for reconstructing the breast.
  • Compassionate care — We see it as our privilege to provide you with care. In addition to the services you receive from our clinical team, we can connect you with our Patients Supporting Patients program. Depending on your needs you may choose to meet other women who have undergone breast reconstruction who are happy to share their experiences with you.

Take Your Time When Considering Breast Reconstruction

Some women are medically appropriate candidates forbreast reconstruction at the same time as their mastectomy, however certain treatments, such as radiation therapy, might delay the surgery. Whether or not you're a candidate for immediate reconstruction, it's important to remember its' always your decision to delay your reconstruction. A bra insert (prosthesis) can help your clothes fit normally until you are comfortable making a decision. Speaking with your surgeon and other women who have been through the process can help you decide how to move forward with breast reconstruction.