Delayed breast reconstruction can be performed months to years after mastectomy. There is no time limit. The disadvantage of delayed breast reconstruction is that the native breast skin must either be stretched (implant reconstruction) or skin must be brought from elsewhere (tissue reconstruction) to replace the original breast skin.
There are some advantages to delayed breast reconstruction such as decreased complications especially related to skin healing. Delayed breast reconstruction is covered by RAMQ even years later.
Good candidates for delayed breast reconstruction:
- Are in cancer remission
- Do not have serious medical problems
- Are not taking blood thinners
- Do not smoke
- Are at a healthy and stable body weight
Delayed breast reconstruction can be performed using breast implants in 2 surgeries or using your own tissues (often preferred if you have had radiation).
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