This section provides information about breast reconstruction for women who have had breast surgery.
Learn more about:
- When can I have a reconstruction?
- Types of breast reconstruction
- Implant reconstruction
- Flap reconstruction
- Nipple adhesives and reconstruction
- Surgery to the other breast
- What to expect after surgery
- Costs and financial assistance
- Who will do the reconstruction?
- Question checklist
When can I have a reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction can be done at the time of the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or months or years later (delayed reconstruction).
The timing depends on the type of breast cancer you were diagnosed with, whether you need further treatment (for example, chemotherapy or radiation therapy), your general health, and other concerns, such as the cost.
Some women plan the reconstruction from the time of their mastectomy, others prefer to focus on treatment and think about reconstruction later. Sometimes you won’t be able to have an immediate reconstruction due to the surgery schedule at the hospital. Discuss these issues with your breast cancer surgeon, oncoplastic surgeon and/or reconstructive (plastic) surgeon.