You may have surgery to your other breast to match the size and shape of your reconstructed breast. This is usually done some months later.

About surgery to the other breast

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.

Breast reduction

This can be done if your natural breast is larger than the reconstructed breast. The surgeon can make it smaller and change its shape so they match.

Mastopexy

If your natural breast is droopier than the reconstructed breast, it can be lifted and reshaped this is called mastopexy.

Breast enlargement (augmentation)

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.

Scarring and sensation

Surgery to your other breast will cause some scarring. This should fade with time. Some operations, such as repositioning the nipple, may lead to having reduced sensation or loss of sensation in the nipple.

How we can help

Macmillan Cancer Support Line
The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. If you need to talk, we'll listen.
0808 808 00 00
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Email us
Get in touch via this form
Chat online
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Online Community
An anonymous network of people affected by cancer which is free to join. Share experiences, ask questions and talk to people who understand.
Help in your area
What's going on near you? Find out about support groups, where to get information and how to get involved with Macmillan where you live.