Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Rebuild & Reform the Shape/Look of the Breasts After a Mastectomy

In the United States, one in nine women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, and often, a mastectomy is carried out to remove breast cancer tissue from the body.

Once the breast cancer tissue is removed, many individuals choose to undergo reconstructive surgery to rebuild and reform the shape and look of the breasts.

Michael J. Streitmann, M.D. specializes in breast reconstruction surgery to rebuild and reform the shape and look of the breasts. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at 713-667-4600 or send us an email at

Breast Reconstruction Before and After Surgery - Dr. Michael J. Strietmann

What Is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Breast reconstruction surgery is designed to bring your breasts back to their original size and shape after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Typically, it is women who have breast cancer who get this type of surgery. The procedure can replace a full breast or just the partial amount that was removed, depending on the extent of the cancer. Essentially, the surgery strives to achieve the same, or similar, sizing and shape as before the mastectomy through rebuilding the breast mound with:

  • Living tissue
  • A combination of the two


About the Breast Reconstruction Procedure

In most cases, the breast reconstruction procedure is performed at the same time as the mastectomy or lumpectomy. Your surgeon will insert an expander, like an empty implant, under your skin or chest muscles. As you recover from the mastectomy or lumpectomy, your surgeon will gradually add saline or silicone to the expander balloon, helping your skin to stretch to the appropriate size. Once you have reached your desired size, the surgeon will replace the expander with a permanent silicone or saline implant of the same size.

Breast reconstruction can also be done using living tissue from other areas of your body. Typically, this tissue is taken from your abdomen, but it can also come from your butt, thighs or other areas you wish to minimize.

About the Breast Reconstruction Recovery Process

During the first couple of months after the procedure, you’ll likely experience some pain and swelling. Your doctor may prescribe you something to help with the pain. As for the swelling, your breasts may look much larger than you had expected at first, but rest assured that the swelling will subside over time, making your breasts look more natural.

In the early days of your recovery, it is best to wear a soft, supportive bra with no underwires, like a sports bra. This will minimize bounce and reduce pain levels. You should try to avoid raising your arms overhead whenever possible to reduce the risk of pulling out your stitches. You should take it easy as much as possible during this time to allow your body to heal. Your doctor can advise you when it is safe to resume your normal activities.

Choose a Breast Reconstruction Professional You Can Trust

Dr. Michael J. Streitmann will perform breast reconstruction at the time of mastectomy whenever possible, or after treatment has been completed, depending on the advice of the oncologist and general surgeon. He also performs revisions of previous breast reconstruction surgeries that didn’t achieve the patient’s desired results.

Dr. Michael Streitmann is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. When you are in need of breast reconstruction or other plastic surgery in Houston, give our office a call. We’ll be happy to set you up with a free consultation with Dr. Streitmann to discuss your options. He’ll take the time to answer any questions you have about the breast reconstruction procedure and recovery process so that you know exactly what to expect. When it comes to cosmetic surgeons in Houston, Dr. Streitmann is among the best. Get in touch with us today to book an appointment for your free consultation.

Interested in learning more about breast reconstruction surgery? Ready to schedule a consultation? Give us a call at 713-667-4600 or send us an email at

Michael J. Streitmann, M.D. is a trusted, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Houston, TX!

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