The Advantages of Breast Reconstruction
A woman who has surgery to treat breast cancer might choose to have additional surgery to rebuild the shape and look of her breast. This is called breast reconstruction surgery. Breast Reconstruction Associates, your breast surgeons in Austin, offer the most advanced surgical techniques and can help guide you through your reconstructive journey.
Benefits of breast reconstruction
A woman might choose to have breast reconstruction for many reasons:
- To make her chest look balanced when she is wearing a bra or swimsuit
- To permanently regain her breast shape
- So she won’t have to use a breast form that fits inside the bra (an external prosthesis)
- To be happier with her body and how she feels about herself
Breast reconstruction often leaves scars, but they usually fade over time. Newer techniques have also reduced the amount of scarring. When you’re wearing a bra, your breasts should be alike enough in size and shape to let you feel comfortable about how you look in most types of clothes.
After a mastectomy, breast reconstruction can make you feel better about how you look and renew your self-confidence. But keep in mind that the reconstructed breast will not be a perfect match or substitute for your natural breast.
Some important things to think about
- You might have a choice between having breast reconstruction at the same time as the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or at a later time (delayed reconstruction).
- Some women don’t want to have to make decisions about reconstruction while being treated for their breast cancer. If this is the case, you might choose to wait until after your breast cancer surgery to decide about reconstruction.
- Healing could be affected by previous surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. It can also be affected by smoking, diabetes, some medicines, and other factors.
- The surgeon might suggest surgery to reshape your other breast to match the reconstructed breast. This could include reducing or enlarging its size, or even surgically lifting the breast.
Knowing your reconstruction options before surgery can help you have more realistic expectations for the outcomes. If you are thinking about having reconstructive surgery, it is best to talk about it with your breast surgeons in Austin before you have surgery to remove the tumor or breast. This lets the surgical teams plan the best treatment for you, even if you decide to wait and have reconstructive surgery later.