Category: Breast Reconstruction

Angelina Jolie credited with raising breast cancer awareness

This summer Angelina Jolie famously went public with her decision to have a preventative double mastectomy earlier in the year, following the discovery that she carried the faulty BRCA1 gene, which is associated with higher instances of breast and ovarian cancers. Her Plastic Surgeon, Dr Jay Orringer, has since seen a rise in the number […]

Angelina Jolie writes sensitive piece on double mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction

Angelie Jolie – global superstar, partner of Brad Pitt and mother to six children, has taken the brave step to make public her decision to undertake a double mastectomy following the discovery that she carries the BRCA1 gene. The gene makes hereditary breast and ovarian cancer significantly more likely, and as her own mother passed […]

Sharon Osborne rules out more Plastic Surgery after preventative double mastectomy

Sharon Osborne used her US TV talk show as the platform to inform the public that she has undergone a double mastectomy. Her decision follows the discovery that she carries the BRCA-2 breast cancer gene and also because of a faulty implant. She also revealed that she will have no more cosmetic surgery from now on. […]

Breast Reconstruction surgery being afforded more prominence

US doctors are expressing their preference to offer breast reconstruction surgery much sooner to breast cancer patients who are forced to undergo single or double mastectomies as a result of the disease. Currently, the priority is to perform surgery to remove the cancerous cells with the importance of reconstructing the lost breasts as the secondary […]

Michelle Heaton to have double mastectomy & Breast Reconstruction

Michelle Heaton talked to Lorraine Kelly on TV this week about the devastating news that she has been diagnosed with the high cancer risk BRCA-2 gene, with her risk of contracting breast cancer 80% and ovarian cancer at 40%. As a result Heaton has made the brave decision to undergo a double mastectomy in order […]

Breast Cancer Month Blog: Breast Cancer concerns? What Cosmetic Surgery can do for you.

As October draws to a close, Aurora Clinics cannot forget to mention that this month has been devoted to Breast Cancer Awareness. For a cosmetic surgery centre with many expert surgeons specialising in breast surgery procedures, this is a topic very close to our hearts. In the field of cosmetic surgery, breast cancer has an impact […]

Do I need Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery? The differences explained

The terms ‘Plastic Surgery’ and ‘Cosmetic Surgery’ are often used interchangeably or cause confusion: many people in the UK think that ‘Plastic Surgery’ is just the American term, when in fact it is a completely different field. When looking into procedures to change the way you look, it is important to get the basic terminology […]

What are breast capsules and how are they best treated?

All foreign materials in our body become surrounded by a thin layer of tissue. This is the body’s way of fending off material that it does not recognize.This occurs around hip replacements, heart valves and any implant or device.  With breast implants, in the majority of patients, this lining (which is called a capsule) remains soft and […]

Which organisations should your Plastic Surgeon be a member of?

There are a number of organisations which Plastic Surgeons and Cosmetic Doctors can be affiliated to. As a basis, all doctors & plastic surgeons should be registered by the General Medical Council (GMC). This organisation is mandatory to belong to for all registered doctors and you can check their registration at For plastic surgeons, […]

Using tummy tissue to reconstruct the breast after breast cancer surgery

One of the best ways of reconstructing the breast following the removal of breast tissue with breast cancer is by removing tissue from your tummy. The tissue removed lies underneath the tummy button down to the fold above your pubic skin area. Most women do have some excess tissue in this region, specifically if they […]

Are there any alternatives to a pedicle for Breast Reconstruction?

In recent times more advanced techniques have been employed in which  tissue is transferred after complete removal from the body. The blood vessels which supply blood to this skin are then reattached to  either vessels in your underarm area or from your chest. These techniques are known either as a free TRAM flap reconstruction or DIEP flap […]

What treatments are available to reconstruct the breast after breast cancer?

There are now many more options for reconstructing a breast which has been treated following breast cancer. The simplest form of treatment if you have sufficient breast tissue is to remove the breast cancer and at the same time reduce the size of the breast on both sides. This has the dual benefit of reducing […]

What reconstruction techniques are there after breast cancer using my own tissue?

There are two main sources of tissue which are used by surgeons to reconstruct the breast after breast cancer surgery. These are transferred tissues from the back or from your tummy. Removing tissue from the back uses a muscle called the latissimus dorsi muscle, whereas from the tummy it uses the lower tummy tissue below […]

Reconstruction of the breast following cancer with breast implants – pros and cons

One of the simplest ways to reconstruct the breasts following mastectomy or removal of breast tissue following breast cancer is with a breast implant. The advantage of this procedure are that it is relatively straightforward and does not involve removing tissue from another area of the body. The disadvantage of this procedure is that it […]

What options are available for breast reconstruction after breast cancer?

Following breast cancer operations and mastectomy there are now a number of options to reconstruct the breast tissue. In a previous blog post, we’ve talked about oncoplastic techniques which are suitable if you have sufficient breast tissue to allow for breast reduction and removal of the breast cancer in one operation. If, however, you haven’t sufficient […]