How Can Breast Reconstruction Help Breast Cancer Survivors?

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on October 17, 2017

breast-cancer-survivors-women.jpgBreast cancer is a life-changing diagnosis. It can strip you of your strength, your confidence and your chest. Removal of one or both breasts changes the way a woman thinks about her body and about herself.

Fortunately, breast reconstruction can help breast cancer survivors get their body and their confidence back. These are the biggest benefits to getting breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.

Restored Balance And Proportion To Your Body

As you grow up, you grow to love your body. Whether well endowed or more modest in size, your breast line becomes part of your physical presence.

After a mastectomy, you may lose a significant amount of balance and proportion in your breast line. Breast reconstruction can help rebuild your chest, giving you fuller, more complete breasts.

Renewed Self-Confidence And Self-Esteem

Getting a diagnosis of breast cancer is a gut punch. Going through treatment, including getting a mastectomy, causes further trauma. The entire experience can have negative effects on a survivor's self-esteem and self-confidence.

Breast reconstruction surgery can help restore your chest shape. This, in turn, can give you confidence and self-esteem. As some survivors say, it helps you "feel like yourself again."

Dramatic And Permanent Results

The before-and-after of any cosmetic breast surgery can be quite dramatic. However, a breast reconstruction surgery has even more dramatic results. Where there was once scar tissue, the shape of a breast returns.

Women who delay getting reconstructive surgery often wear a breast prosthesis. This gives them a balanced appearance and helps restore their proportions while out in public. It helps keep them from feeling self-conscious.

With breast reconstruction surgery, there is no need to wear a prosthesis. The surgery can often be done in conjunction with the mastectomy itself. The change is permanent. There is no need to wear a prosthesis or be self-conscious while out in public.  

Breast reconstruction surgery has advanced in the past few years. Cosmetic surgeons offer multiple options for how and when to perform the surgery, giving survivors choices.

If you need or may need breast reconstruction, please contact us here at Proffer Surgical Associates in Amarillo. We have helped many breast cancer survivors and stand ready to help you. Schedule your free consultation to learn how breast reconstruction can help you.

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Topics: Breast Reconstruction