Women’s health is human health. When a lump appears on your breast, panic ensues; after all, there are over 60,000 new cases of breast cancer reported in the United States every year.
But on the brighter side, 8 out of 10 lumps turn out to be benign.
Still, breast health is of the utmost concern for women and families every day. We strongly encourage everyone to administer self-exams to check for lumps, abnormalities, or any other discrepancies from the norm that you may detect. Mammograms are also a great tool in fighting cancer before it spreads.
In those dire circumstances when cancerous lumps must be removed, we all hope and pray for the best outcome. But this doesn’t just refer to the initial surgery; it also pertains to reconstructing the affected area. Post-removal physiques just feel different than the body to which you’re accustomed. It takes time and energy to return to form and reclaim your form. Breast reconstruction is a powerful aide in restoring the shape that is you.
So, how should you proceed? The answer lies with the particular circumstances you’re facing.
Which Procedure Is Right for You?
Every body is unique, and must be respected as such. Therefore, every breast reconstruction surgery is tailored to the patient in question. The following are the main categories that encompass the procedure:
- PARTIAL RECONSTRUCTION – When a lump is removed, it only affects one localized portion of the breast. This procedure rebuilds the area in question in order to achieve your natural sense of symmetry and wholeness.
- AUTOLOGOUS RECONSTRUCTION – This procedure relocates tissue (skin, fat, and muscle) from your abdomen or buttocks to your breast to create the desired bust effect.
- IMPLANTS – In the case of women who have had mastectomy procedures, they are often left without enough biomaterial to reconstruct their former figure. Silicone or saline implants can be used to achieve this goal.
- AREOLA RESTORATION – Another unfortunate side effect of mastectomies is sometimes the manipulation of nipples and the surrounding area. Reconstruction surgery can bring your former glory back to life and enhance the areola to its full vigor.
- REVISION SURGERY – If any of the above procedures don’t satisfy the full needs of a patient, a revision is in order. This procedure strives to achieve the intended results that were missed the first time around.
What to Expect After Reconstruction
Your surgeon will take great measures to minimize swelling and bruising by applying gauze to the affected area. Also, you will be provided with any necessary painkillers and supportive gear to help you through the recovery process.
But what about your emotional and mental state? Those are just as important as your physical health.
Bodies change over time. Some of these evolutions are as gradual as aging, but others are much more sudden. Having your breasts reconstructed is a short-term change, indeed, and you can’t expect to adjust to your new body overnight.For example, patients who have new implants take time getting used to the fact that their breasts no longer gain or lose weight along with the rest of their bodies.
But every cloud has a silver lining. Implants don’t sag or droop the same way flesh often does. This is a welcome change for most patients! Still, give yourself time to get accustomed to your new size, shape, and dynamics. Life is a growth process, after all.
Also, be sure to talk to others who have undergone breast reconstruction surgery before. Communication is the best weapon to feel confident, healthy, and assured of your medical choices. If you ever need someone to listen, please call the experts at Dr. Kapoor – we’re always here for you.