This procedure can be carried out at the same time as a mastectomy, (immediate reconstruction) but this isn’t always possible. If carried out at the same time, the recovery period will be longer.
If the reconstruction surgery is carried out at a later date, this is called a delayed reconstruction. There are two types of reconstruction, prosthetic reconstruction where an implant is used or autogenous reconstruction, where tissue is used from elsewhere in the woman’s body. This tissue can be taken from the back, buttocks, thighs or abdomen, this creates a natural feel and shape to the reconstructed breast.