The Breast Reconstruction is a surgical procedure that women, who have a mastectomy or lumpectomy as part of their breast cancer treatment, may choose this procedure to rebuild one or both breast to near normal appearance, shape and look. The Breast Reconstruction is often performed in stages that involves multiple procedures and can either begin at the time of the mastectomy or be delayed at a later date. This procedure can be implant-based, the reconstruction relies on the breast implants to help rebuilt a new breast or flap reconstruction uses the patient’s own tissue from another part of the body to build a new breast.
Immediate versus delayed breast reconstruction depends on some of the following factors:
- Physical exam by a breast reconstruction plastic surgeon
- Surgical risk factors (such as smoking and being overweight)
- Treatments needed after the mastectomy surgery
- Other conditions that may impair wound healing
It’s important to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon and oncologist.