Patients who have a mastectomy on one side often find that their reconstructed breast and their existing breast do not look the same. Surgery on the opposite breast can improve symmetry.
This paqQrocedure can happen at any time after a patient has healed a from initial mastectomy and reconstruction. Patients with the best outcomes wait until they have finished any secondary or revision procedures on the reconstructed breast. It can take several months for a reconstructed breast to fully heal and reveal its final shape and size.
Types of Surgery on the Opposite Breast Procedures
Risks & Benefits
The risks and details associated with surgery on the opposite breast depend upon the type of surgery performed. It’s important to note that chemotherapy and radiation impact timing, which is typically several months after breast reconstruction.
Most procedures are well tolerated and performed on an outpatient basis. Surgery on the opposite breast helps patients feel balanced and even.