This short animation aims to give you an idea of what you can expect from a breast reconstruction procedure after having a mastectomy.
It shows two techniques that use tissue taken from the abdomen without taking any muscle, known as the DIEP flap and the SIEA flap.
There are different variations of this method of reconstruction and surgeons are developing techniques to take flaps from other areas of the body and to improve the cosmetic result.
You will also see an indication of what scarring you can expect after the procedure is completed and the breast is healed. This scarring will vary according to the procedure and the surgeon who performs the operation.
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.