It’s important to learn as much as you can about your proposed breast reconstruction surgery. Here we explain the different types of surgery available and what the surgery entails to help you to understand and consider the options open to you.


At the St Andrew’s Centre, our reconstructive plastic surgeons aim to use the lady’s own tissue wherever feasible; however, this may not be possible for all cases and implant based reconstructions can still produce excellent results. There are a number of different types of reconstructive breast surgery. Below are links to the different options available and why they may, or may not be suitable for you.



Breast reduction is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthetic to reduce the size and sometimes improve the shape of large breasts.



If you feel that your breasts are out of proportion with the rest of your body, or that age or breastfeeding have caused them to shrink or lose their shape, a breast enlargement operation (also known as breast augmentation or having breast implants) can help.


Tuberous Breast

Virtually all women have different sized (asymmetric) breasts. In a small number of cases there is a more marked difference.  A range of deformities are seen so sometimes the breast is just a little tighter and smaller whereas some other breasts are much more constricted at the base and the nipple much more prominent giving a very abnormal appearance (Snoopy’s nose or tuberous breast).



Micropigmentation, commonly know as medical tattooning is a way to replace colour in your skin, giving a more natural appearance following a nipple reconstruction.


Poland Syndrome

Poland syndrome is a rare disorder that is thought to be caused by kinking of the of one of the main arteries to the chest and arm (subclavian artery) during the 6th week of pregnancy leading to five main problems, which can be more or less severe. It was first described by Alfred Poland in 1841.


BRA Meetings

Our BRA group meetings give you the chance to meet and talk to other women who have had surgery and have been through the same experience. If you want to find out more please get in touch.