If you've had or will be having a mastectomy (or in some cases, lumpectomy), you're likely facing decisions about whether or not to have breast reconstruction, and if so, what type and when. Deciding whether or not to have a breast reconstructed is a very personal choice. Take the time you need to learn about how breast reconstruction might affect you, both emotionally and physically, before you decide to have the surgery.
Learn about different surgical options and the medical and personal issues around breast reconstruction.
Intro medically reviewed by: Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.
Last review date: November 22, 2020
Posted on: Mar 15, 2021 02:31PM
I am having delayed reconstruction. Bilateral mastectomy was in 2019; delayed TE placement surgery coming up soon.
After mastectomy I went flat, and was able to travel and be comfortably in public about 1.5 months later. Full recovery/getting to "normal" took longer than that but I was ok getting on a plane at that point.
Can anyone tell me their experience with tissue expanders -- how long until you felt comfortable driving, doing air travel, traveling at all, etc. I know it will likely be slightly different since I am doing delayed recon as opposed to having TEs placed at time of mastectomy, but all info is appreciated!