Your feelings

The way you feel about your breast reconstruction will depend partly on what you expect from the surgery. Make sure you discuss your expectations with your surgeon before you decide to go ahead. It’s important to wait for several months after surgery for the reconstructed breast to settle into its final shape, before deciding how happy you are with the result. Full healing can take about a year. It often takes more than one operation to get the best appearance for reconstructed breasts.

If you have concerns, discuss them with your surgeon or breast care nurse. Your surgeon may be able to offer an operation to improve the result. If you are still unhappy following discussions with your surgeon you can, if you wish, ask to be referred to another surgeon for a second opinion.

Back to Having breast reconstruction

What is breast reconstruction?

If you have had or are about to have breast reconstruction, we have information about what to expect.

Making your decision

An important part of making your decision about breast reconstruction is having realistic expectations about the result.

Talking to your surgeon

Your reconstruction surgeon will explain what types of operation can be done and answer any questions you have.

Potential problems with breast reconstruction

If you have any problems after breast reconstruction surgery, contact your breast care nurse or surgeon for advice.

What happens after breast reconstructive surgery?

Before going home you’ll be told how to look after your breast(s) and wounds. Contact the hospital if you’ve any concerns.