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Should I have my breasts reconstructed?
Breast reconstruction rebuilds breast shape and feel after a mastectomy. Thousands of women choose reconstruction after breast disease, but the decision for each woman is uniquely personal.
Some choose reconstruction for practical reasons like a better clothing fit or an aversion to breast prostheses. While for others, the choice for breast reconstruction is centered around confidence, sexuality and body image. At Mentor, we understand your journey is uniquely personal and want you to feel confident along the way with tools to help you in the decision-making process.
What are my options?
Breast reconstruction often involves more than one procedure performed in stages, and it can either begin at the time of mastectomy or is delayed until a later date. There are a number of factors that contribute to timing and procedure including type of mastectomy, disease treatments and your body type.
Immediate Breast Reconstruction
Immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) surgery begins at the time of mastectomy. After your general surgeon removes your breast tissue, your plastic surgeon begins reconstructive surgery. IBR is typically offered to women with earlier-stage diseases that don't need additional treatments (such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy).
- May eliminate an operation and save you money with fewer days in the hospital and less time required for recovery
- Can help you feel more confident coming out of a mastectomy knowing you're already on the path to the results you want
- Surgery and recovery time may be longer
- Could have a higher risk of complications after surgery if other treatments are combined with reconstruction (talk with your surgeon about what's best for you)
Delayed Breast Reconstruction
Your reconstructive surgery is scheduled after your mastectomy. The amount of time between surgeries depends on your unique situation.
- Allows your team of physicians to expedite other disease treatments
- Minimizes added pressure by allowing you more time to consider your options
- Requires an additional operation and/or hospital visit
- Scarring from your mastectomy could make reconstruction more challenging
Useful Links ^
Cancer Council Australia
Breast Cancer Network Australia
Reclaim Your Curves
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