Breast reconstruction is optional surgery to rebuild the size and shape of the breast using body fat, muscle or an implant. It can also replace your nipple and areola, the dark area around the nipple. Reconstruction does not treat breast cancer, but it also does not increase your risk of cancer returning.
Most reconstruction occurs after mastectomy, but it may be possible after lumpectomy and radiation therapy. Sometimes reconstruction can be done at the same time as a mastectomy. It is also possible to wait weeks, months or even years before having reconstruction.
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