This section is for women who have had or are about to have breast surgery, and are thinking about whether to have breast reconstruction.
It aims to help you understand what breast reconstruction is and the possible benefits and difficulties you might experience with this type of surgery. It covers some of the physical and emotional issues that having breast reconstruction may bring, and makes some suggestions to help you cope with them.
We describe different methods of breast reconstruction and include photographs 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, based on their experience and understanding.
This section can only give an overview of breast reconstruction. It’s important that you discuss all aspects of the surgery with your surgeon or breast care nurse.
Reactions to the loss of a breast vary and not all women want to have breast reconstruction. Every woman’s needs are different. Give yourself plenty of time to weigh up the potential benefits, limitations and risks before deciding what you want to do.