Reconstruction may be accomplished by the use of a breast implant, your own tissues, or a combination of the two. The breast reconstruction procedure and products that are right for you will vary depending on your desired outcome, personal preferences, and several clinical factors.
Immediate breast reconstruction surgery begins at the time of your mastectomy. After your general surgeon removes your breast tissue, your plastic surgeon will begin reconstructive surgery. When you wake up from surgery, you will either have a breast mound or be in the initial stages of creating a breast mound. There are two procedural possibilities if you elect to have immediate reconstruction with an implant: one-stage and two-stage breast reconstruction.
Alternatives to breast reconstruction include wearing a prosthesis or accepting your breasts as they are, post-mastectomy.