Every woman dreads breast cancer. Not only because it can be mortal but because it affects her very femininity and self-esteem. Gone are the days when surgeons had complete removal as the only option to breast cancer. “We’ve come along way, baby” is not just a slogan when it comes to present-day breast cancer treatment. And we’ve all heard horror stories from the past. Thankfully, those days are history.
When a complete breast removal (a mastectomy) or a lumpectomy is fairly invasive, there is a viable option – breast reconstructive plastic surgery by a competent, caring plastic surgeon. According to the American Cancer Society, “most women who have had a mastectomy can have reconstruction.” That’s good news. This reconstruction plastic surgery can be performed simultaneously with the cancer surgery or afterwards with fantastic results.
Opting for breast reconstructive surgery is a viable choice and ought to be considered safe and satisfying. Some of the enhancements after surgery are: more natural curves, allows women to wear shapely clothing and even bathing suits and improves their self-image dramatically. A caring plastic surgeon will discuss these benefits freely to educate you, his patient.
Breast cancer alone can wreak havoc with a woman’s emotions. This is one reason why it may not be a bad idea to wait to have the reconstructive surgery versus planning to have it along with your breast cancer surgery. If you wait, you give yourself much needed time to adjust to the many newfound emotions you will experience. There’s always time for it later. There’s no rush. This is sometimes the wisest choice in that it allows ample healing time and the necessity for any additional cancer treatments. When you talk openly about these feelings with your plastic surgeon, he can offer you some comfort from his experiences with these surgeries.
Many women choose to have breast reconstructive plastic surgery for various reasons such as appearance balance or personal satisfaction. Some decide they don’t want to deal for the rest of their life with a prosthesis which is a form that fits inside the bra. They want the feel and look of a genuine breast as closely shaped to what they originally had. This is not an unusual desire. Your plastic surgeon will be able to show you a wide variety of before and after photos of breast reconstructive surgeries.
Keep in mind, after reconstruction, there will be a difference. Especially if only one breast is being reconstructed. When clothing or a bra is worn, the difference will be hidden. This will give each woman the confidence and self-esteem she so greatly requires.
No one should force or talk you into have this surgery. It should be your decision. Sit down and have a heart-to-heart talk with a plastic surgeon. Do research on the pros and cons of breast reconstruction plastic surgery. Talk to other women who have had it done. Then, and only then, can you make an informed decision on this procedure.