If you’re considering breast reconstruction after breast cancer treatment, it can be hard to know what questions to ask. The first question is one that you need to discuss with your oncologist, not with a plastic surgeon: Should I get a mastectomy or a lumpectomy?
It is important to realize that women undergoing lumpectomy for early-stage breast cancer live at least as long – possibly longer – than those who undergo a mastectomy. It is also important to understand that if you have a mastectomy with reconstruction, your breasts will be numb – you will not have any feeling.
If you are seriously considering mastectomy with reconstruction, you will want to consider the different options for reconstruction: breast implants or reconstruction with fatty tissue from your tummy or back (that’s called autologous tissue transfer). Here is more information about those options: http://www.breastimplantinfo.org/diagnosed-breast-cancer-options-breasts-3/.