- Individuals who have undergone a complete mastectomy
- Those who have suffered from congenital deformities such as tubular or underdeveloped breasts.
Downtime The recovery period depends on the extent of surgery (1-3 weeks). Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercises for at least six weeks.
Cost Depends on the procedure and extent of surgery needed. Breast reconstruction is frequently covered by insurance.
For many women, immediate reconstruction done during the mastectomy surgery reduces the trauma of having a breast removed, as well as the expense and discomfort of two major operations. The reconstructive portion of the procedure may take anywhere from one to six hours. There are several types of operations to rebuild the breast, with the use of an implant, your own tissue flap, or a combination of both. (A tissue flap is a section of skin, fat and sometimes muscle, which is moved from your tummy, back, or other areas of your body to the chest.)
There may be some discomfort during the first few days however your surgeon will provide pain medication as needed. Most women return to normal activities within six weeks after surgery.