Through various plastic surgery techniques that aim at restoring a breast to normal shape, size, and appearance after mastectomy-surgery that removes one or two of your breasts to treat or prevent breast cancer. Breast reconstruction is a process that can start at the time of your mastectomy, or it can be done as a delayed procedure. If only one breast is removed, it alone can be reconstructed.Although the main purpose of breast reconstruction is to rebuild a woman’s breast, the results are highly variable. A breast that is reconstructed does not have the same sensation that a natural breast does. There will be visible incision lines on the breast from mastectomy or reconstruction. Some surgical techniques involve forming a mound by using an implant or tissues from the belly, back or buttocks, leaving incision lines in these less exposed areas of the body.
One common type of breast reconstruction uses silicone breast implants; sacs filled with salt water (saline) or silicone gel. The type of breast reconstruction a patient will get depends on your body type, age, and cancer treatments. Reconstruction may take two or more operations to insert position and fill the implants. A breast lift, breast reduction, or breast augmentation may also be recommended to improve symmetry of the size and position of both breasts. Constructing a natural-looking breast through reconstruction may include the reformation of a natural-looking areola and nipple.
Reconstruction won’t re-create the exact look and feel of your natural breast, but the contour of the new will restore your silhouette as close as possible to what you had before mastectomy. Although not everyone chooses to have breast reconstruction, women that have undergone breast reconstruction have reported in addition to being happier with their renewed body image. Many women report having experienced an increase in self-confidence, emotional well-being, and an increased sense of femininity and sexuality. While considering breast reconstruction, empower yourself and make an informed decision. Fully exploring your options will help you make the best choice for your body and life after a mastectomy.
It is necessary that you make an appointment for a consultation to know if you are a good candidate for breast reconstruction. Learn more about how you can benefit from reconstruction and what to expect from your reconstruction procedure. We will be happy to clear any doubts and answer any questions you may have.