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After mastectomy, you have the option to leave your chest flat or have your breasts surgically reconstructed with implants or your own tissue.
Studies have found that many physicians do not advise their mastectomy patients of all their options after mastectomy. Many women report seeing surgeons who assume that reconstruction is the answer for all women, and who fail to discuss the no-reconstruction choice. It is always good to research and understand your options before making your own decision. Whether you choose to go flat or to reconstruct, whatever you decide, the decision is very personal, and it is yours alone.
You might decide against reconstruction if you:
If you later change your mind about reconstruction, your breasts can be recreated at any time in the future (your mastectomy scars will remain on your reconstructed breasts).