Breast Reconstruction

Expert Care by Dr. Mark McRae


Dr. Mark McRae, since 2016, has led a pioneering breast reconstruction program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He is now established at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto with Dr Matthew McRae, Dr Joseph Catapano, and Dr Blake Murphy. With proficiency in all forms of breast reconstruction, from implant-based to microvascular free flap surgeries using patients’ own tissues, Dr. Mark McRae’s expertise ensures personalized, comprehensive care. Breast reconstruction is more than a procedure; it’s a journey to enhancing physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being, significantly improving quality of life and body image.

Reconstructive Excellence

Visual Journey of Transformation


Our gallery showcases the craftsmanship and individualized outcomes achieved through various reconstruction techniques. Each image encapsulates a story of resilience and restoration, reflecting the high satisfaction levels among women who have entrusted their journey to Dr. Mark McRae’s expertise.

Methods of Reconstruction

Alloplastic and Autologous Techniques


The journey of breast reconstruction is marked by two distinctive paths—alloplastic using implants and autologous employing one’s own tissue. Each bears its own set of benefits, from the quick, less invasive alloplastic approach to the natural and long-lasting results of autologous reconstruction. The optimal choice varies, factoring in individual health, preferences, and the surgeon’s counsel, sometimes integrating both for a tailored reconstruction plan.

Understanding Breast Reconstruction: Empower Your Choice


Discover invaluable insights into breast reconstruction with our essential guide, written by Dr. Mark McRae, empowering you to make informed decisions alongside your care team.

“Here we present the best information that we have from the study of breast reconstruction after mastectomy. This book will help you understand the options for breast reconstruction and be empowered to make the best choice that you can based on the best available evidence. The key points from scientific studies are presented in a way that is accessible to patients and their families. This book will give patients and their care team the information that they need to make an informed choice.” 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Explore our selection of popular procedures, each designed to meet specific aesthetic or reconstructive needs. From enhancing your appearance to restoring form and function. 


Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure to restore the shape and look of the breast after mastectomy or trauma. It’s for individuals who have undergone breast removal due to cancer or other conditions and those looking to restore breast symmetry.

McRae Plastic Surgery specializes in both alloplastic (implant-based) and autologous (using the patient’s own tissue) breast reconstruction, as well as hybrid approaches that combine both methods.

The choice depends on several factors, including your body type, health status, personal preference, and our surgeon’s recommendations. A consultation with our specialists at McRae Plastic Surgery can help determine the best option for you.


Recovery varies depending on the type of surgery performed. It can include a hospital stay, pain management, limited arm movements, follow-up appointments, and scar care. Full recovery can take several months.


Long-term considerations include monitoring breast sensation changes, attending regular check-ups, and being aware of the emotional impact of breast reconstruction, with resources available for support and counselling.


Breast implants typically have a lifespan of 10-20 years, but this can vary. Implants may eventually need to be replaced or removed.


McRae Plastic Surgery aims to match the reconstructed breast to the natural one as closely as possible however this can be a significant challenge. Factors like radiation, choice of reconstruction, and natural breast changes over time used all effect symmetry.


Risks can include complications related to anesthesia, infection, implant issues like rupture or capsular contracture.

Begin Your Transformation


With Dr. Mark McRae and the dedicated team at St Michael’s Hospital, your journey towards healing and wholeness begins. We invite you to reach out, learn more about your options, and take the first step in your transformative breast reconstruction journey.