Reconstructive Surgery After Breast Cancer

breast center staff

Whether you’re unhappy with a previous breast reconstructive surgery or were never offered breast reconstruction as an option during breast cancer treatment, our breast reconstruction specialists can provide the experience, expertise and the most effective and innovative techniques available.

Why choose Johns Hopkins?

This type of surgery requires not just a skilled and experienced surgeon but also a team of doctors and nurses who treat breast cancer. Johns Hopkins plastic and reconstructive surgeons specialize in complex breast reconstruction procedures and have successfully completed reconstructions for hundreds of women, restoring their self-image after cancer treatment. Learn more about breast reconstruction in our Health Library.

Our Specialty Center

The Johns Hopkins Breast Center provides patients with the recommendations for treatment based on a consensus of multiple specialists across many disciplines.

What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is achieved through plastic surgery that attempts to restore a breast to near-normal shape, appearance and size following a mastectomy. Lillie Shockney, administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, explains the process and how to decide which treatment option is best for you.

 

Our Patient Care

We provide compassionate and expert care that addresses not only the physical, but also the emotional needs, of our patients and their families.

CFOX45 reporter Joy Lambert turned to Johns Hopkins when it was time for her preventative prepectoral double mastectomy.

Pam Vierra tells her story about her breast reconstruction experience with the Johns Hopkins Breast Center and how it changed her life.

Our Treatments

Johns Hopkins plastic surgeons are experienced in all forms of reconstruction, including microvascular surgical options that use a patient’s own tissue, such as the DIEP flap and SGAP flap.

Visit the Breast Center to compare the types of reconstructive options, or learn more by watching the videos below.

SGAP Flap | Breast Reconstruction Overview

The superior gluteal artery perforator (SGAP) flap uses tissue from the top of the buttocks to create breast tissue. This is usually done if patients do not have adequate skin and tissue in their abdomens or have had previous abdominal surgeries.

DIEP Flap | Breast Reconstruction Overview

The deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap is a common technique where skin and tissue (no muscle) is taken from a person’s abdomen to recreate their breast. Lillie Shockney, administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, further explains.

Delayed Breast Reconstruction

Delayed breast reconstruction candidates are women who’ve had a lumpectomy or mastectomy within the last 20 days to 20 years. Lillie Shockney of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center sheds light on what most people may not know about delayed breast reconstruction.

What is a Tissue Expander | Breast Reconstruction Overview

A breast tissue expander is an inflatable breast implant designed to stretch the skin and muscle to make room for a future, more permanent implant. Learn more from Lillie Shockney, administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center.

Mastectomy Surgery | Johns Hopkins Medicine

At Johns Hopkins, the skin sparing mastectomy is the most common type of mastectomy surgery performed for breast cancer treatment. This animation shows and describes this advanced surgical procedure, which preserves the skin during the removal of one or both breasts, allowing for a better breast reconstruction result.

Tissue Expander for Staged Breast Reconstruction

Staged breast reconstruction involves expansion of the breast skin and muscle using a temporary tissue expander. This animation illustrates the process.

Delayed Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Delayed breast reconstruction is an option if a plastic surgeon was not involved at the time of a mastectomy. This animated procedure illustrates the process.

SGAP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery

SGAP flap procedure uses skin and fat tissue from the buttock area to create a new breast following mastectomy. This animated procedure illustrates the surgery.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery - DIEP Flap

At Johns Hopkins, the DIEP Flap reconstruction is an important option offered to mastectomy patients. This animation shows and describes this advanced surgical procedure.

Our Surgeons

Our surgeons are devoted to their profession and to providing attentive patient care. From the first consultation to the final check-up, they make themselves available and accessible to patients and their families.

Photo of Dr. Oluseyi Aliu, M.D.

Aliu, Oluseyi, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
 
Photo of Dr. Kristen Parker Broderick, M.D.

Broderick, Kristen Parker, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
 
Photo of Dr. Damon Sean Cooney, M.D., Ph.D.

Cooney, Damon Sean, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Clinical Director, Face Transplant Program, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center
Clinical Co-Director, Penile Transplantation, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center
 
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Manahan, Michele Ann, M.D.

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department Director of Patient Safety, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
 
Photo of Dr. Gedge David Rosson, M.D.

Rosson, Gedge David, M.D.

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Professor of Oncology
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Facial Palsy Center
Director of Breast Reconstruction
 
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Sacks, Justin Michael, M.D.

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Oncological Reconstruction
 
Photo of Dr. Hooman Soltanian, M.D.

Soltanian, Hooman, M.D.

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery