Breast reconstruction helps improve self image and quality of life for women after treatment for breast cancer. Though the original breast cannot be replaced, plastic surgery can improve the aesthetic appearance of your breasts by using either your own tissue or implants.
Frequently Asked Questions
I just wanted to be cured of my cancer. Should I be thinking about breast reconstruction?
Breast cancer treatment is a very personal and individual process. The right plan for you is based upon a combination of your personal wishes, your cancer stage, and your body shape. While the most important focus is treatment of cancer, most women find that breast reconstruction is important to help maintain their confidence, body image, and to help them move forward with their lives.
What are the different options for breast reconstruction?
Reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy can be an important part of the recovery process for women. The discussion of which type of surgery would work best for you depends on your body type and time you wish to commit to the recovery process. There are three main types of reconstruction---the abdominal flap, the back (latissimus) flap with implant, and tissue expansion with implant. Some women prefer to use an implant to avoid having a scar on another part of their body, while some women prefer using their own tissue because it tends to feel and look more natural.