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What Women Want to Know

Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions pertaining to reconstruction. Keep in mind that every case is individual, and it is always best to check with your surgeon for individual instruction. If you have a question that you would like to submit for future reference in this section, you may do so by emailing

Will insurance cover reconstruction? Is it cosmetic?

How long will I need to take off work?

Which implant is right for me?

Are silicone implants safe?

How long does it take for swelling to subside after surgery?

What type of support garments will I need after surgery?

When will I be able to go back to wearing a bra or regular clothing?

Can I still get cancer in my reconstructed breast?

How will my reconstructed breasts be monitored for cancer?

How long will I be in the hospital?

Can I have reconstruction if I only had a lumpectomy?

How does smoking affect reconstruction?

What is the best way to help scars heal?

Can I have implants if I had prior radiation, or need future radiation?

Do reconstructed nipples always appear hard?

When can I exercise after reconstruction?