The extent of breast reconstructive surgery is determined by the extent of the cancer surgery viz.: .partial mastectomy/ lumpectomy ( partial removal of a breast)
- subcutaneous mastectomy( removing breast tissue but leaving the breast envelope and the nipple/areola behind.)
- complete mastectomy( removal of the entire breast together with the nipple/ areolae) Sometimes immediate reconstruction at the time of the mastectomy can be performed.
In other cases, it is best to delay reconstruction until all cancer treatment has been completed.