If you have battled breast cancer, one of the biggest challenges is accepting your body after your breasts have been removed. You have a long, difficult road to travel as you undergo treatments that take a great strain on your body. You also have to heal completely before you consider what to do about your breasts. You have two choices. You can remain flat and wear a prosthesis to create the illusion of a full bust, or you can opt for breast reconstruction in order to create a permanent solution.
Is Breast Reconstruction Right for You?
While it’s true that you can wear a prosthesis in order to create a body image that can help you to boost your confidence, this is not an alternative that will last. Every time you remove your prosthesis, you will have a visual reminder of what has happened to your body. This can be traumatic and have a negative impact on the way you feel about yourself. You may no longer want to be a part of social situations or intimacy when your body goes through such a significant change. Breast reconstruction may be the best option for you if you feel uncomfortable with yourself and want a permanent set of breasts once again.
Breast reconstruction may be the best alternative for you if you have had only one breast removed and want to create a balanced appearance. In some cases, you may have only had a lumpectomy, but it changed the appearance of your breast so dramatically that breast reconstruction can correct the problem. Breast reconstruction can help you to reclaim your body and feel like yourself again.
Breast reconstruction will involve some recovery time, so you want to make sure the healing period will fit into your schedule. Your health is another consideration. You need to consider every aspect of breast reconstruction before you move forward with such an important decision. Look for guidance from your medical team that has helped you through your breast cancer treatments. Our plastic surgeon can assist you in making this decision as well.
Talk to Our Plastic Surgeon About Breast Reconstruction
Breast cancer will change your body, but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept those changes. Set up a consultation with our plastic surgeon at Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to discuss your alternatives for breast reconstruction. You can choose to have implants or undergo flap reconstruction in which tissue from other areas in your body is inserted beneath a flap in your chest to form the impression of breasts once again. You and our surgeon can weigh your options and move forward with the solution that works best for you. We have offices in Marietta and Atlanta. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.