Surgeons who perform breast reconstruction try to match the size and shape of the patient's natural breast. This is not always possible, so they may suggest surgery on your natural breast to achieve the best results. This may involve:

  • Breast reduction (mammoplasty). If your natural breast is larger than the reconstructed breast, it can be made smaller and be changed in shape so that the final result is balanced.
  • Breast lifting and reshaping (mastopexy). If your natural breast sags more than the reconstructed breast, it can be lifted.
  • Breast enlargement. If your reconstructed breast is larger than the other one, the natural breast may be made bigger with the use of an implant. This may be combined with a breast lifting.

Surgery on your other breast will cause some scarring, though this will go away with time. Some options, such as repositioning the nipple, may lead to reduced nipple sensitivity.