101 Guide to Implant Breast Reconstruction Recovery
101 Guide to Implant Breast Reconstruction Recovery

101 Guide to Implant Breast Reconstruction Recovery

Dana Donofree
3 min read

101 Guide to Implant Breast Reconstruction Recovery

As breast cancer patients, survivors, and thrivers, we understand the immense physical and emotional toll that breast reconstruction post-surgery recovery can have on our lives. However, with the right information and support, we can navigate this journey with grace and regain our confidence. In this post, we will explore the process of implant breast reconstruction and share trusted resources to assist you every step of the way. 

Understanding Implant Breast Reconstruction 

Implant breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that involves using silicone or saline implants to restore the shape and size of the breast after mastectomy. While each person's experience is unique, the recovery process typically involves multiple stages, including initial mastectomy surgery healing, implant expansion, and final implant placement. 

Supporting Your Recovery Journey 

Seek Guidance from Medical Professionals: Always consult your healthcare team before making any decisions regarding breast reconstruction. They will guide you through the process, answer your questions, and address any concerns you may have.

NYBra has decades of collective experience, with cutting edge surgical experience and a commitment to the whole patient well-being. They are here for you and ready for you every step of the way through your journey. You can also explore your breast reconstruction choices at BreastReconstruction.org founded by NYBra Plastic Surgery.

AnaOno: As a brand founded after my own bout with breast cancer, AnaOno understands the specific needs of those undergoing breast reconstruction. Our (re)Issue Blog provides a wealth of information, including articles, support group referrals, and resources tailored to those seeking post-surgery recovery and breast reconstruction options.

Patient is hooking front closure post-surgery bra in ivory
You can also shop your unique chest type in our “shop by chest type” section of the site to see how others with different reconstruction choices look in bras after breast surgery, no matter if unilateral mastectomy, DIEP Flap breast reconstruction, lumpectomy bras, or breast reconstruction bras.


Graphic image representing all chest surgery outcomes, from mastectomy, to unilateral, and mastectomy with breast forms

 Discover Your Chest Type 

Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC): Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to create a world that understands there is more than one way to have breast cancer.  Their mission is to provide trusted information and a community of support to those who are impacted by the disease.

LBBC offers a comprehensive guide to breast reconstruction, covering various types of procedures, the recovery process, and potential risks. They are committed to creating a culture of acceptance- where sharing the diversity of the lived experience of breast cancer fosters self advocacy and hope.

They also provide a helpline and online forums where you can connect with other survivors and gain valuable insights. Read their helpful insights about Wellness & Body Image after breast cancer. 

BreastCancer.org : This online platform offers a wealth of information on implant breast reconstruction. Their resources include articles, videos, and a directory of experienced plastic surgeons specializing in breast reconstruction. Additionally, their discussion forum allows you to connect with others who have undergone similar experiences.

Their mission is to help people make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast health and breast cancer, so that they can make the best decisions for their lives.

Founded by Marisa C. Weiss, MD, because she believes that cancer patients need more time to ask critical questions about their care than what' typically provided for them during their doctor's appointment. 


Check out The Peak, by The Breasties :The Breasties is the first all-inclusive nonprofit organization that creates community for survivors, previvors, thrivers and caregivers.This nonprofit organization offers a wide range of programs, including support groups, counseling services, and educational resources.

Their comprehensive approach to cancer care ensures that you have access to emotional support and valuable tools to aid your recovery journey. Read Top Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon in this post authored by Dr. Alexis Parcells. 

Embracing Healing & Recovery 

Recovering from breast cancer and undergoing implant breast reconstruction is a courageous journey. Remember, you are not alone. By utilizing the resources and support available to you, you can navigate this process with confidence, strength, and hope. Embrace your healing and remember that every step forward brings you closer to reclaiming your life. You are beautiful, resilient, and deserving of the very best in your post-surgery recovery. 

Dana Donofree
Dana Donofree

Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.