Is Breast Reconstruction Right For You?
posted on 10/9/2012
Breast reconstruction is different for one individual to another. It is very important to understand the expectation of this procedure and the realistic goals for restoring your image. It is important that you feel ready for the emotional adjustment involved in breast reconstruction. It may take some time to accept the results of breast reconstruction surgery.
Physically and emotionally rewarding, breast reconstruction can dramatically improve your self-confidence and quality of life. When considering rebuilding the breast it is important to know that a reconstructed breast will not feel or look the same as the breast removed.
According to Coolidge Plastic Surgery Center, plastic surgeon Dr. Carol Coolidge, there are a few concerns before deciding on breast reconstruction surgery:
- Breast reconstruction usually requires more than one operation
- Breast reconstruction with breast implants may not be a good option if you need to undergo cancer treatments
Certain cancer treatments, like radiotherapy, can cause the skin around the implant to shrink. This may interfere with healing, cause scar tissue, and could lead to implant leakage.
Breast reconstruction may be a good option for you if:
- You are able to cope well with your diagnosis and treatment
- You do not have additional medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing
- You have realistic goals for restoring your breast
- You have a positive perspective of your overall appearance
As a breast cancer survivor, Dr. Carol Ann Coolidge is understanding and dedicates her career helping men and women achieve their desired shape. She is sensitive to your needs and worries - especially when it comes to reconstructive procedures.
Your age, health, size, shape, and available body tissue will also play a factor in determining if breast reconstruction surgery will be the right procedure for you. First, you will need to discuss your options with your plastic surgery doctor.