About Your Options
Is Reconstruction for you?
Know the benefits… and consider the risks
There are other options for breast reconstruction that do not involve breast implants. Be sure to ask your surgeon for a detailed explanation of each alternative to help you decide which reconstruction option is most suitable for you and your lifestyle.
Breast reconstruction depends on your own individual case, including factors like your medical condition, general health, lifestyle and emotional state as well as breast size and shape. You should consult your surgeon to discuss your personal goals for breast reconstruction. Consult your family, friends, breast implant support groups and breast cancer support groups – people who have been through it – to help you make the right decision.
What are the alternatives to breast reconstruction?
Should you decide that a breast reconstruction operation isn’t for you, there are still other options. You may or may not decide to wear an external breast form (prosthesis) inside your bra. Breast forms are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, such as foam, cotton and silicone. Custom prostheses are also available to match the size and shape of your breast.
What are other personal considerations?
There are medical, financial and emotional considerations in choosing between immediate and delayed reconstruction. These should not be taken lightly. You should discuss the options available in your individual case thoroughly with your general surgeon, reconstructive surgeon and oncologist.