89% of women want to see what restoration results would like before starting cancer treatment.*

My Body, My Rights

Every woman has her own story and can make her own decision. You may choose immediate, delayed or no restoration at all. Get informed and trust your decision. BRAVE is here to help.

Things to Consider:

  • Will breast restoration help you feel whole again?
  • Can you live with a breast form that you take off and put on?
  • Do you live a very active life or have a physically demanding job?
  • Are you ok with having more surgery for restoration after a mastectomy or lumpectomy?
  • Are you emotionally and physically ready for restoration?

Questions to Ask Your Doctor:

  • What is your breast cancer stage?
  • Do you need future therapies, such as radiation?
  • What is your overall medical condition?
  • What are the risks and long-term effects of the different types of restoration?
  • Will I need multiple surgeries?
  • Are you a board certified plastic surgeon?
  • Do you specialize in breast restoration after a mastectomy?
  • Can I see before and after restoration photos of surgeries you have personally performed?

You Might Be Asking:

  • Why does time matter?
    • The type of breast surgery you have (lumpectomy, mastectomy, etc.) can affect your restoration outcome. Taking into consideration your full recovery – including restoration – gives you more choices and sometimes better outcomes.
  • What is the right time?
    • There is no single, “right” time — only you can decide the time for you. However, knowing about your restoration rights and options can give you choices at the time of your mastectomy surgery.
    • Insurance companies must cover the restoration up to 4 months after your mastectomy surgery.
  • What is immediate and delayed restoration?
    • Immediate restoration—when breast restoration is performed at the same time as your mastectomy surgery.
    • Delayed restoration—when breast restoration is performed in a separate surgery in the weeks, months or even years after your mastectomy.
  • How can I find a plastic surgeon?
    • Your doctor may have a plastic surgeon on his or her team, or BRAVE can help set up a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon in your area.
  • How should I plan my restoration?
    • There are many practical things that need to be considered during your restoration surgery and recovery: sick leave from work, child care, and even transportation to and from the hospital.

Your Restoration Plan May Involve:

  • Talking to your doctor and cancer care coordinator—find out when, where and how long you will need for recovery.
  • Talking to your spouse and family—what support systems are available to help with your recovery, child care, transportation or other personal needs.
  • Talking with your employer—know if you have any paid sick leave and medical leave benefits, create a plan together that is realistic to giving you the time needed for recovery.

Do you need help finding a plastic surgeon or transportation?

Contact BRAVE to help you put a plan in place.

*American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2012