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Immediate Breast Reconstruction Program

The Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre’s Immediate Breast Reconstruction Program is a national leader in immediate reconstruction, and provides a vital service to assess women with breast cancer if they are eligible for breast reconstruction at the same time as their breast cancer surgery (mastectomy), to help them gain a renewed sense of well-being.

Our expert plastic surgeons use the latest reconstruction techniques, and work closely with our skilled breast cancer surgeons leading up to and on the day of surgery, to conduct mastectomy and reconstruction in one session.

Patient education

DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction:

Video: sitting & walking after breast reconstruction surgery

Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM)

Breast Balancing Procedures for Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction Using Tissue Expanders and Implants:

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

Nipple and Areola Reconstruction

It is important that you monitor your breast implants after surgery. If you have any pain, swelling, new lumps or other changes to the appearance of your breast — no matter how much time has passed since your surgery — please contact the surgeon who placed your implants.


Meet our care team

Breast plastic surgeons

Dr. Joan Lipa completed her plastic surgery residency and master of science degree at the University of Toronto, then did a fellowship in microvascular surgery and oncologic reconstruction at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She comes to us with experience from Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of California Los Angeles.

Dr. Laura Snell trained at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. She holds a master's degree in clinical research methods from Columbia University. She completed a fellowship in microsurgery and oncologic reconstruction at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Breast surgical oncologists

Dr. Claire Holloway is a breast surgeon with a PhD in experimental surgery from the University of Toronto. Her research interests are image-guided surgery, three-dimensional pathology for specimen processing, the impact of new technologies on outcomes and patterns of breast care, and development of new models of care for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Frances C. Wright focuses on the care of patients with breast cancer and melanoma. She has a special interest in locally advanced breast cancer and conducts imaging research in this area. She leads a Cancer Care Ontario working group on standards for multidisciplinary cancer.

Dr. Nicole Look Hong focuses on the care of patients with breast cancer and melanoma. She completed her General Surgery residency at the University of Toronto, and completed a Masters degree as part of the Surgeon Scientist program in Clinical Epidemiology. She also completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Her research focuses on economic evaluations and the application of minimally invasive breast cancer ablation for patients with early-stage disease.


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Location and contact

Immediate Breast Reconstruction Program

Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue,
M-wing, 6th floor
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-4205
Fax: 416-480-6179

Physician referrals are required