What is Breast Reconstruction?Breast reconstruction can be a fulfilling and rewarding step toward completing the journey to recovery from breast cancer. This procedure restores the breast(s) to as near normal size, shape, and feel as possible. Breast reconstruction can correct asymmetry that may have resulted from a unilateral mastectomy, or it can restore both breasts after a double mastectomy. Patients can choose to undergo their reconstruction at the same time as the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or some time after the mastectomy (delayed reconstruction). Breast cancer patients who are eligible for breast-conservation surgery (lumpectomy) have the option of undergoing oncoplastic surgery (oncoplasty). Oncoplasty involves the removal of the breast tumor and the immediate reshaping of the breast tissue to create a smooth, natural-looking breast. Many women choose immediate reconstruction or oncoplasty for the psychological benefits. No matter the technique used, breast reconstruction patients generally experience an increase in confidence and improved overall quality of life compared to those who do not undergo reconstruction.