After mastectomies (breast removal), women can opt for breast reconstruction surgery. There are two main types of breast reconstruction: implant and body tissue. Implants made of either silicone or saline are inserted into the chest. Autologous reconstruction uses muscle or fat from other parts of your body to make breasts.
Despite the vast strides plastic surgeons have made in breast reconstruction; despite the positive outcome enjoyed by most women who have reconstruction; and in spite of the fact that federal law mandates insurance companies pick up the tab for it, fewer than 20% of women undergoing mastectomy choose to have a breast reconstruction–be it…