Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy Boost Patient's Confidence

Women undergoing cancer treatment are undergoing both a physical and an emotional battle. When cancer affects the breast tissue, some or all of the breast needs to be removed permanently. Experts agree that women who get a breast reconstruction procedure right after mastectomy often experience higher levels of self-confidence and feel better about their situation than those that don’t. Many cancer centers around the country offer individualized treatment plans so that patients have easy access to experts and can set up a complete lifestyle plan after surgery. The lifestyle plan may need to include breast reconstruction surgery.

In some cases, the surgeon and the plastic surgeon can work together to create a complete treatment plan for the patient going through the cancer treatment. Once part or all of the breast tissue has been removed, the plastic surgeon can get to work to create a treatment plan that might include rebuilding the breast to its original (or larger) size and shape, and adding the nipple and areola.

According to the American Cancer Society, the majority of women who have had a mastectomy can have reconstruction and women who have only had a part of the breast around the cancer removed might not need any reconstruction procedures.

Talk to your surgeon about reconstruction procedures after mastectomy, and to find out what lifestyle changes you will need to make to recover fully from treatment.

 

Further Reading

  • After having discovered she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer, Angelina Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy to reduce her chances of breast cancer.

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • Shades of pink surround us this month as everyone works hard to raise awareness for breast cancer and finding a cure. There are so many opportunities to get involved with supporting the fight for breast cancer. Whether you’re a survivor, know a family member impacted by this disease, a shoulder to lean on for a close friend, or just willing to lend a helping hand, there are many ways to make a worthy difference in the fight against breast cancer.

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