Breast reconstruction can be performed in one operation, but usually, it is a lengthy process that takes somewhere between a couple of months, or even up to a year. Depending on the type of reconstruction it is likely that additional procedures will be necessary later in life.
Physical recovery following reconstruction surgery varies with different techniques. Based on patient's wishes, physical characteristics, expectations and social activities, individual breast reconstruction plan is proposed. Please refer to the section about procedures to get detailed information about recovery process after selected procedures. s
Breast mould is reconstructed at the time of mastectomy.
Tissue expander is placed at the time of mastectomy. It is later replaced with body own tissue or a silicone implant.
Breast is reconstructed months or years after mastectomy.