Breast augmentation after mastectomy is something that many women option to have done. Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer undergo treatment for their cancer, such as chemotherapy and/or radiation. Even if the treatment works to cure their cancer, doctors often recommend that women have their breasts removed to prevent a reoccurrence of breast cancer. A mastectomy is the process of removing the breast and its tissue to prevent the reoccurrence of potentially deadly breast cancer. Once a woman undergoes a mastectomy, she often makes the decision to have a breast augmentation to help her to feel good about herself again.
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a difficult time for a woman; going through cancer treatment is just as difficult. Having her breasts removed often has an impact on a woman’s life, even though she knows she is now cancer free. The thought of having what she believes represents her womanhood removed from her body is cause for distress, which means that she is in need of reconstructive surgery to help boost her self-esteem and self confidence.
When a woman makes the decision to undergo a mastectomy and a breast reconstruction after her mastectomy, she can expect to have her breasts rebuilt so that they are strikingly similar to what they were prior to her mastectomy. Board certified breast lift surgeon’s make it their goal to rebuild a woman’s breasts so that she can feel like her former self in virtually no time. In addition to reconstructing the breast, plastic surgeon’s can make them look and feel exactly like they did before, so that the reconstruction is virtually unnoticeable. A nipple and areola can also be added to make it look as real as a real breast.
While most women are thrilled with the outcome of their breast reconstruction surgery after it is performed, there are those who still are not happy with their new breasts. The reason for this could be several factors; some women feel that their new breasts are a little alien to them. Others feel that they are a reminder of their cancer, which is a time in their life they want to forget. Others are perfectly happy; they can have their breasts and no one will know they are not their own. Additionally, some women choose to have theirs fixed so that they are exactly the same size – many women have a slight deviation in the size of their breasts, naturally – or they may choose to have the breasts they always dreamt of having.
The decision to undergo breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is purely personal decision. Many people believe that the decision is an easy one; for some, it is. For others, it is a decision that is a lot more difficult than they anticipated. There are several factors to consider when thinking about a breast reconstruction surgery. Oftentimes, the surgery requires more than one trip to the doctor to complete the reconstruction and the recovery time is significant. Talk to your doctor prior to making a decision for the best information available; you will be able to weigh your options and make the best possible decision regarding your desire to have your breasts reconstructed after surgery.
You do have the option of an immediate reconstruction, which is performed at the same time as the mastectomy. This is advantageous because chest tissue is not destroyed or damaged by radiation therapy. Delayed reconstructive surgery is performed at a later date. Women in need of radiation after their mastectomy should opt for delayed reconstructive surgery so that there are no complications because of the radiation process.