Breast reconstruction may be delayed or immediate. The aim is to create a breast that is similar to the breast as it was before the operation or similar to the breast on the other side.
The procedure may be done as part of the original cancer operation or may be done at a later stage.
There are different procedures that may be used and there is no one that "fits all". The healthy breast on the other side may also be operated on at the same time. For example, a breast reduction may be done on the other breast to help the matching process.