Breast reconstruction

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If you’ve had a mastectomy, you might be offered breast reconstruction. The aim of reconstruction is to try to restore the breast shape, matching the remaining natural breast as closely as possible. 

How is breast reconstruction done?

  • With a breast implant placed beneath the skin and muscle that covers your chest.
  • By using skin, fat and muscle from another part of your body.

A combination of these techniques is used for some women. 

When can I have breast reconstruction?

Sometimes reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy, but often it is done some months or even years after the original operation. 

Why have a breast reconstruction?

Some women find it hard to accept the idea of losing one or both of their breasts. It is natural to feel distressed, and every woman has the right to do something about their loss. 

Some women may feel guilty for thinking about reconstruction and think that it might seem vain. This is not so – reconstruction can be an important part of helping you to recover emotionally and to feel better. 

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to consider breast reconstruction, discuss it with your surgeon or breast care nurse before surgery. He or she can tell you about the different methods available or refer you to a plastic surgeon.

You can also talk to one of our cancer nurses. Call our Cancer Nurseline free on 1800 200 700 or visit a Daffodil Centre. You can ask the nurses for a free copy of our booklet, Understanding Breast Reconstruction, or download it below:

Understanding Breast Reconstruction booklet
Understanding Breast Reconstruction booklet
This booklet has been written to help you learn more about breast reconstruction. It is aimed at people who have breast cancer and are considering breast reconstruction surgery.

For more information

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