Also keep in mind that reconstructive surgery usually involves more than just one procedure, even if you have so-called immediate reconstructionright after your mastectomy.
Looking at "before" and "after" photos of your plastic surgeon's previous reconstruction patients is a good way to know what to expect. "If surgeons are honest they'll show you an average resultnot just their very best results. Any incision we make is going to heal with scars," cautions Dr. Shack, who's found it more helpful to connect former patients with new ones to talk through every aspect of reconstruction. "It's the total experience that the patient wants to know about."