Having deformed or unnatural looking breasts after a mastectomy (removal of a cancerous breast), Lumpectomy (removal of a tumor or part of a breast) and prophylactic mastectomy (removal of breast tissue that might lead to breast cancer) can definitely affect a woman’s self confidence and esteem. A missing breast could serve as a painful reminder of what the person went through during cancer.
Breast reconstruction is a procedure that tries to rebuild the breast and give it a normal look and appearance by using a tissue or muscle from another body part. It is done by a qualified reconstruction surgeon . Breast reconstruction is an elective procedure meaning that it is purely a personal choice. You might choose not to have another surgery soon after the last one and hence wear a prosthetic until the reconstruction. However this has its challenges and for many people, it is uncomfortable and still serves as a reminder of what they would like to forget.
When is breast reconstruction done.
This is done together with the mastectomy. This normally has better cosmetic results. However you have to spend more time in hospital and in recovery.
This is done at your preferred time much later after the mastectomy. It is mostly done after you complete other cancer treatment like radiation and chemotherapy.
The choice of when to do the what time is right for the construction depends on factors like breast cancer stage, preference,
Breast reconstruction can help restore a woman’s femininity and identity. This is because many women a breast is a much valued asset and many women find themselves lacking an integral part of their body in their absence. For lovers of fashion and those who like to dress up and look good, clothes also do not fit well and end up looking lopsided and haggard.