Your healthy breast can be:
- Modified. The size of your remaining breast can be enlarged with a breast implant, reduced and/or lifted. This option gives your breast a makeover that you might have been otherwise reluctant or unwilling to do, and combined with breast reconstruction, your “girls” may be made bigger or smaller and positioned back where they used to be.
- Removed and reconstructed. If you have a high risk for contralateral breast cancer (cancer in the opposite breast), your oncologist will probably recommend that you consider removing your healthy breast as well to reduce your risk of developing a future breast cancer there. If you make this choice, you’ll have bilateral, rather than unilateral mastectomy, and both of your breasts can be reconstructed at the same time. From a cosmetic perspective, this is the best likelihood of a better match of size, shape and position, with nipples that are equally centered.
- Left alone. Of course, you always have the option to leave your remaining breast exactly as is. If you prefer not to have it surgically altered, your plastic surgeon will try to match your reconstructed breast as closely as possible. Your breast can be recreated with an implant or your own tissue. If your healthy breast has given in to gravity, however, building the missing breast with a tissue flap reconstruction using your fat is the best choice for a good match, because the living tissue can be shaped to conform, while a breast implant cannot.