Breast reconstruction can be immediate, delayed or staged.
Immediate. Performed at the same time as a mastectomy/lumpectomy. The advantages to this are that it provides a neater cosmetic result with less scarring and will probably require fewer surgical procedures. The disadvantages are that the reconstruction might be damaged by subsequent radiotherapy and if there are complications during the procedure, it might delay the start of chemotherapy.
Delayed. Reconstructive surgery can be performed weeks, or even months after breast cancer surgery. This can be advantageous as it gives a woman time to carefully consider her options. The drawbacks are that it can result in more scarring and the woman will spend time with no breast (or breasts), which could impact her confidence and quality of life.
Staged. Some reconstruction is performed during the mastectomy or lumpectomy, with additional procedures later on. This usually involves inserting a temporary expander to preserve the shape of the breast for the short-term. Also called delayed-immediate reconstruction.
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