After surgery for breast cancer every woman must make a choice about how to restore her appearance. This will depend on her circumstances, the nature of the surgery as well as her expectations and needs.
If breast conserving therapy is not possible or chosen, a mastectomy will be performed. Breast reconstruction can be considered to restore the shape of the breast. If this procedure is not recommended or chosen, a breast prosthesis is available.
For most women their appearance after surgery is important and it helps them to cope with the trauma if they find a satisfactory prosthesis to restore their outward appearance. This helps to improve their self image. Most women who do not undergo breast reconstruction wear a prosthesis.