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3 Benefits of Delayed Breast Reconstruction

Previously, I discussed some of the benefits of immediate breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. However, delayed reconstruction has its advantages as well. In delayed breast reconstruction, the patient can wait however long she wants before undergoing reconstruction surgery. While many of my patients choose immediate reconstruction, others prefer to wait until they feel the time is right–an option that also offers a few clear benefits.

1. Puts Immediate Focus on Prioritizing Health

Breast cancer treatment can be both physically and emotionally overwhelming. Delaying breast reconstruction surgery until after you’ve healed from your mastectomy and taken some time to recover mentally allows you to prioritize health and psychological well-being before thinking about cosmetic appearance. This is an important distinction for many women.

2. Allows More Time to Make Reconstruction Decisions

During what is already a stressful experience, you may not feel equipped to decide whether you want to undergo reconstructive breast surgery in the first place, let alone start researching which option for breast reconstruction and which surgeon to choose. When my patients seem uncertain about making these important decisions, I urge them to take the time they need to thoughtfully consider their options, with or without my guidance, before moving forward.

3. Reduces Potential Radiation Risks on Aesthetics

Many patients who undergo immediate reconstruction are required to follow their surgery with several weeks of radiation therapy to ensure that their cancer is fully treated. By waiting until you’re healed from your mastectomy, the risk of these radiation treatments negatively impacting your final cosmetic results can be mitigated.

Dr. Nirav Savalia


Dr. Savalia is known for the most innovative, advanced breast reconstruction techniques. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and artist who creates the most natural, elegant, personalized aesthetic results. He is as renown for his care and compassion as he is for extraordinary outcomes. This is why he was named one of Orange County’s Physicians of Excellence by his peers.

A Team Approach for the Best Breast Care Possible

Dr. Savalia’s Breast Health Center team includes the finest oncologists, radiation specialists, geneticists, and nurse navigators. Being cared for by an established team is a great advantage for patients.

"I prefer a light-handed approach that leaves my patients looking visibly rejuvenated, not surgically enhanced."

What Dr. Savalia's Patients Are Saying


Dr. Savalia is a very gifted surgeon and has true artistic ability. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Savalia for any type of plastic surgery. He truly exceeded my expectations. I feel very fortunate to have worked with him and his team and if I ever have any need for a plastic surgeon in the future he will be my first choice.

- RIMA, AGE 55

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