This section is for women who have had or are about to have breast surgery, and are thinking about whether to have breast reconstruction.
In this information, we aim to help you understand what breast reconstruction is and the possible benefits and difficulties there are with this type of surgery. We talk about some of the physical and emotional issues you may experience, and give suggestions to help you cope with them.
We describe the different types of breast reconstruction and list the benefits and limitations of each. We’ve also included photographs of women who’ve had surgery, so you can see how a reconstruction may look. But these don’t necessarily show what is possible in your case. Your surgeon or breast care nurse can tell you what’s most likely in your situation.
This information only gives an overview of breast reconstruction. It’s important to talk about it with your surgeon and breast care nurse before making any decisions about it.
Reactions to losing a breast vary and not all women want to have breast reconstruction. Every woman’s needs are different. Give yourself plenty of time to consider the possible benefits, limitations and risks before deciding what you want to do.