The goal of breast reconstruction is to create a soft, natural-looking breast for a woman who must undergo breast removal due to cancer or other disease. Whether it is performed immediately following mastectomy or at a later time, breast reconstruction can dramatically improve a woman’s appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life. Breast reconstruction is recognized as medically necessary by insurance companies including adjustment of the other breast for symmetry, when necessary. Depending on the needs and desires of the patient, the breast can be reconstructed from natural tissue (often using tissue from the lower abdomen ) or by using an implant technique. The best procedure and timing will be discussed with you by the providers during your consultation.