This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.
There are a range of techniques used to reconstruct the breast and the right one for you will depend on your individual circumstances.
This clip shows you some newer surgical reconstruction procedures using flaps from different parts of the body other than the abdomen and the back. These techniques may be appropriate for women who are too slim for tissue to be taken from their abdomen or who have scarring from previous surgery in their abdominal area.
It is important to bear in mind that these operations are the first stage of any breast reconstruction treatment and you may need more surgery.