The goal of breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or other trauma is to create a natural-looking breast shape.

Great, you’re thinking. But, you’ve already been through so much, you may wonder why you should subject yourself to even more surgery. I understand that and work with women all the time who struggle with this decision.

There are may benefits for having breast reconstruction including:

  • feeling better
  • emotionally rewarding
  • physically positive effects

Types of Breast Reconstruction

My patients are often overwhelmed by all the decisions they have to make about their treatment. And, now they also have to make decisions about reconstruction. After all, for the breast reconstruction issue, the first decision is whether to undergo immediate or delayed reconstruction. Then, the next decision is whether to use implants or the patient’s own tissue, referred to as a flap. Our website has an informative brochure, prepared by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, that discusses the surgical options of breast reconstruction. Click here to download it. As always, we are here to provide information and support to help patients navigate the process.

Is Breast Reconstruction Right for You?

Is having breast reconstruction a good option for you? Many of my patients tell me that, following breast reconstruction, they have better self-image, are more confident, and have improved quality of life. Surgery can’t make the scars go away, but I can restore shape, volume, and even have 3D tattoos done so that your breasts have natural looking nipples…similar to this patient. Please know that reconstruction is a VERY personal decision, one you should do for yourself and not for anyone else.

Schedule your confidential consultation now

My patient coordinators will gladly help you schedule your confidential consultation. Call 312.757.4505 or send us an email at


Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, our offices are a warm, friendly and comfortable place to share your wants, needs and concerns.

Lawrence Iteld, MD