Although many women are hesitant to undergo breast reconstruction surgery following long cancer treatments and mastectomy surgery, the procedure has a number of significant benefits. In fact, many women feel that breast reconstruction benefits outweigh any potential risks associated with the surgery. In addition to improving the contours of the body, breast reconstruction surgery has also helped many patients restore their sense of beauty and femininity. Breast reconstruction benefits women who have lost one or both of their breasts to cancer.
Physical Benefits of Surgery
Mastectomy surgery, whether performed on one or both breasts, significantly impacts a woman’s appearance. While there are prosthetics and special bras available to help improve the look of the chest, many women want a more permanent solution. Breast reconstruction surgery effectively restores the shape of the breast, allowing women to feel more like themselves prior to mastectomy. Rebuilding the breasts can:
- Give women natural, attractive curves
- Allow women to wear form-fitting clothes and bathing suits
- Provide symmetry to the breasts
- Restore the appearance of the nipple
- Improve shape and size of breasts
Emotional Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
While renewed appearances are one reason to undergo breast reconstruction surgery, many women are satisfied with the procedure because of its emotional and psychological value. For many women, their femininity and sexuality are closely associated with their breasts. Having a mastectomy can therefore greatly impact a woman’s emotional well-being. Although the breasts will never be the same following mastectomy, reconstructive surgery is an effective alternative, and a great way for women to begin to feel whole again. Some of the emotional benefits of the surgery include:
- A renewed sense of femininity
- Increased confidence
- Alleviation of anxiety, depression, fear, and low self-esteem
Many Patients Want to Know …
Will Reconstructed Breasts Match My Natural Breasts?
The goal of any reconstructive surgery is to have the breasts resemble your natural breasts as much as possible. A skilled surgeon will pay close attention to aesthetics to give you a natural look. While wearing a bra, bathing suit, or clothing, the reconstructed breast will appear natural to others. However, due to scarring evidence of the reconstructive surgery will most likely be apparent when you are undressed. It is important to discuss the best treatment options with your surgeon in order to minimize scarring, and help you achieve your specific aesthetic goals. Learn more about preparing to undergo breast reconstruction.
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