What is breast reconstruction surgery? We’ve talked about reconstructive surgery before and how its changing the face of aesthetics, right? We also mentioned that there is more to plastic surgery than wanting to look beautiful and perfect. So, here, we will again explore that aspect that goes beyond looks. We will be discussing breast reconstruction surgery, who needs it, and why they need it.
Why Get A Breast Reconstruction?
Typically, breast reconstruction takes place during or soon after mastectomy, and in some cases, a lumpectomy too. Do you really need it though? Well, no, actually. But, think about this: Removing a part of your body that was one of the hallmarks of becoming a woman will definitely make you feel anxious. This body part was a significant part of your sexuality. It made you identify as a woman and you may have even fed your babies through it. No one can ever take that identity away from you. Sometimes though, specific conditions will leave you no choice but to have one or two removed. Good news is, moving forward, you now have the opportunity to take your altered identity back.
Who are the Candidates?
Women who have had surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment may choose breast reconstruction surgery. Many women who have had mastectomies are given the option of having the shape of the removed breast rebuilt. In some cases, even those with lumpectomies may have the procedure done too. However, several factors can influence the type of reconstructive surgery a woman chooses. These include the size and shape of the breast is being rebuilt, the woman’s age and health, and her history of past surgeries, to name a few.
How is it Done?
Surgery to reconstruct the breasts can be done at the time of the mastectomy. Another option is it have it done after the mastectomy incisions have healed and breast cancer therapy has been completed. The breasts can be rebuilt using implants such as saline or silicone. Or, they can also be rebuilt using autologous tissue which is skin, fat, or muscle from elsewhere in the body. Surgeons usually do the procedure by inserting implants underneath the skin or chest muscle. In the final stages of breast reconstruction, a nipple and areola may be re-created on the reconstructed breast too, if needed.