Breast reconstruction is often necessary for breast cancer survivors following a single or double mastectomy. Aside from restoring the look and feel of the breast, breast reconstruction surgery may also involve adding a nipple or changing the size or shape of the former breast.
It’s important to note that while breast reconstruction doesn’t give back natural breast sensations, it can help restore self-esteem that can be negatively impacted following a mastectomy.
To determine if this procedure is the best option, patients should consider the following questions:
- What type of reconstruction will I have?
- What are my expectations?
- WIll I have side effects?
- How much discomfort is involved?
- What kind of recovery time am I facing?
Your answers and opinions on these questions along with the answers given to you by your plastic surgeon will help you make the best informed decision on this delicate matter. Each breast reconstruction surgery is different, and your specific needs should be discussed thoroughly to ensure your satisfaction with the treatment.