Reconstruction may be:
- Immediate. Performed during the operation to remove the breast at the same time as the partial or total resection of the breast. This type of surgery means fewer surgical procedures and recovery time is reduced. In immediate reconstruction, the surgeon can preserve the skin of the breast, which gives better results cosmetically.
- Delayed. This is when the breast reconstruction is done at a later date and not during the operation for partial or total removal of the breast.