Women who have had surgery to treat breast cancer can choose from several types of breast reconstruction. When deciding what type is best for you, you and your doctors should discuss factors including your health and your personal preferences. Take the time to learn about what options are available to you and consider talking to others who have had that procedure before you make a decision.
Breast reconstruction is surgery to create a new breast shape in place of a breast that has been removed mastectomy. A breast mound is created that comes as close as possible to the shape and look of a natural breast. The surgery may be done to reconstruct either one breast unilateral or both breasts bilateral.
I felt brave, confident, and determined to be well. It was detected early —a blessing—but after removing the small tumor, my surgeon said the cancer was invasive and had distinct characteristics that made it likely to return in five years, if not in the same breast, then in the other one. She recommended removal of that breast and informed me that I could opt for a double mastectomy.
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Wearing a bra, or not, was the last thing on my mind when I underwent a preventive double mastectomy three years ago. But when I woke up from that first surgery, and the three reconstructive surgeries that followed, I was wearing a bra. It was pale pink, closing in front with a strip of hook and loop fasteners, and had two rings hanging from the sides to keep my surgical drains from dangling.
Breast reconstruction can help restore the look and feel of the breast after a mastectomy. The surgery is done by a plastic surgeon. Breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy "immediate" or at a later date "delayed".
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores shape to your breast after mastectomy — surgery that removes your breast to treat or prevent breast cancer. One type of breast reconstruction uses breast implants — silicone devices filled with silicone gel or salt water saline — to reshape your breasts. Breast reconstruction with breast implants is a complex procedure performed by a plastic surgeon. The breast reconstruction process can start at the time of your mastectomy immediate reconstructionor it can be done later delayed reconstruction.
What is breast reconstruction? Who can have a breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery? Deciding whether to have breast reconstruction 4.