A breast reconstruction is a type of surgery in which a breast shape is created using a silicone or saline implant, tissue from another part of your body, or a combination of both.
Some women have a breast reconstruction at the same time as a mastectomy (immediate reconstruction). Others are advised or prefer to wait for several months or longer before having a reconstruction (delayed reconstruction). Some women choose not to have a reconstruction at any stage.
If you’re not having an immediate reconstruction but you think you might consider it in the future, mention this to your surgeon before surgery, as it will help them to plan the mastectomy.