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Breast reconstruction and prostheses

After surgery to remove breast cancer, you may find it hard to cope with the loss of your breast and the change to your appearance. Breast reconstruction and breast prostheses are options that are intended to help you feel better about yourself and your body. But many women choose not to reconstruct or wear a prosthesis – they choose to “stay flat.” Only you can decide which option is best for you.

Breast reconstruction recreates all or part of a breast that has been removed by breast cancer surgery. It is done by a plastic surgeon who has special training in breast reconstruction surgery. A breast can be reconstructed with an implant, your own body tissue or a combination of an implant and body tissue.

A breast prosthesis is an artificial breast form. You wear it inside your bra to create the natural shape of a breast.

Choosing to stay flat is a decision that you can make to not have breast reconstruction or wear a prosthesis.

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