Reconstruction can be a tool to help you feel whole again. If you are interested in reconstruction, you’ll want to make sure that you learn about all types of breast reconstruction options and which would be acceptable for you.
If you haven’t yet had your mastectomy, it is important to discuss reconstruction options with at least one breast or plastic surgeon before to your mastectomy, to explore the opportunity to begin reconstruction at the same time your mastectomy is performed.
If you have a medical oncologist, it is also important to have your plastic surgeon talk with him/her about the cancer treatments you’ve had. For example, immediate reconstruction may not be an option for someone who is required to undergo radiation therapy.