Breast Reconstruction

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Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a personal and understandably emotional issue for women with breast cancer. There are many options. They may be confusing and often difficult to decipher. This is a guide to some of the issues in breast reconstruction. It is by no means an exhaustive list of all the benefits and complications of various procedures. Not all options are available to every woman.

More individual/specific advice can only be determined in private consultation with Dr Sellars.

Breast reconstruction usually requires more than one operation.

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Information about Breast Reconstruction

Timing of Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction can be done immediately following mastectomy, or some time later, after the area has healed. The best time will vary from patient to patient and may be influenced by other possible treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The procedure that best suits you will depend on your age, general health, size and shape of the other breast and available body tissue.

Common Surgical Options

  • Reconstruction with immediate implant insertion
  • Reconstruction using tissue expanders, followed by implants
  • Reconstruction using a combination of your own tissue and implants
  • Reconstruction using your own tissue
  • Nipple/Areolar Reconstruction
  • Additional surgery to the “normal” unaffected breast

Dr Sellars does not perform any tissue transfer procedures for post mastectomy such as TRAM flaps. Dr Sellars can offer patients implant reconstruction.

If you are interested in a tissue transfer procedure such as a TRAM Flap, Dr Sellars is able to recommend other Plastic Surgeons to perform this for you.

Reconstruction immediately after mastectomy generally does not interfere with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. However some studies have suggested that implants may not be a good option for women who need radiotherapy because radiotherapy can cause the skin around the implant to tighten or shrink.

Complications of surgery and compromise of the end result increases where radiotherapy is used. This of course is balanced by the therapeutic benefit of radiotherapy.

All options carry the general risks of surgery and anaesthesia. All options have the potential problems of wound healing which vary with individual circumstances.

Meet Dr Graham Sellars

Amongst the many things you may look for when choosing a Plastic Surgeon – reputation, experience, cost, compatibility – none can be more important than how well qualified the surgeon is to carry out the procedure you are considering. Always look for the title "Specialist Plastic Surgeon" to ensure your surgeon is fully qualified.

In addition to the establishment and operation of his own practice since 2002, Dr Sellars is one of the supervisors of Plastic Surgery training at the Sydney Adventist Hospital and has served on the hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee. He was Chairman of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons from 2011 to 2013 and participates in the training of future Plastic Surgeons in Australia.

After graduating from the University of NSW in 1992, Dr Sellars’ initial surgical training was at the Royal North Shore Hospital...

Why Dr Graham Sellars


You know you are in the safest hands with a Plastic Surgeon who is experienced, conservative and highly respected, with over 21 years in private practice. Dr Sellars is a fully qualified Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon FRACS (Plast)..



We have a very long list of clients and patients delighted with our service and care. Take a look at just a few before and after photos in the gallery to see other’s journey to a new look.



Of course safety is our top priority and our entire team has decades of training and experience. Be assured your plastic surgery journey with us will not be rushed or pressured.



02 9480 8577

The San Clinic, Suite 507
185 Fox Valley Road,
Wahroonga NSW 2076

Fax: 02 9480 8579

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Friday: 9am-3pm
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