A breast reconstruction is a type of surgery in which a breast shape is created using a silicone implant, tissue from another part of your body, or a combination of both.
Some women have a breast reconstruction at the same time as a mastectomy (immediate reconstruction). Others are advised or prefer to wait for several months or longer before having a reconstruction (delayed reconstruction). Some women choose not to have a reconstruction at any stage.
If you’re not having an immediate reconstruction but might consider it in the future, discuss this with your surgeon before surgery, as it will help them to plan the mastectomy.
For more on this, see Breast Prostheses and Reconstruction.
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