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.
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 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.
Clinical Director, Face Transplant Program, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center
Clinical Co-Director, Penile Transplantation, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center
Department Director of Patient Safety, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Professor of Oncology
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Facial Palsy Center
Director of Breast Reconstruction
Director, Oncological Reconstruction