During breast reconstruction, surgeons aim to match the size and shape of the reconstructed breast to your other breast. This is not always possible. They may suggest you have an operation on your other breast so they match.
This is usually done as a second operation some months later. But sometimes it is done at the same time as mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
This can be done if your reconstructed breast is larger than your other breast and you prefer the larger breast. Your natural breast can be made bigger using a silicone implant. This can sometimes be combined with a breast lift.
Below is a sample of the sources used in our breast cancer information. If you would like more information about the sources we use, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
European Society for Medical Oncology. Primary breast cancer: ESMO clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Annals of oncology 26 (supplement 5): v8–v30. 2015.
Morrow M, et al. Chapter 79: malignant tumors of the breast. DeVita, Hellman and Rosenberg’s cancer: principals and practice of oncology (10th edition). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 2014.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Early and locally advanced breast cancer: diagnosis and management. July 2018.
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. SIGN 134. Treatment of primary breast cancer: a national clinical guideline. September 2013.
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