Breast reconstruction is a physical and emotional rewarding procedure for a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or other condition. The creation of a new breast can dramatically improve your self-image, self-confidence and quality of life. Although surgery can give you a relatively natural looking breast, a reconstructed breast will never look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed.
CONSIDERING BREAST RECONSTRUCTION
Breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure. You should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or try to fit any sort of ideal image.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST RECONSTRUCTION?
You are a good candidate for breast reconstruction if:
If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size and position of both breasts.
The final results of breast reconstruction following mastectomy can help lessen the physical and emotional impact of mastectomy.
Over time, scar lines will improve, although they will never disappear completely. There are trade-offs, but most women feel these are small compared to the large improvement in their quality of life and ability to look and feel whole.