A lumpectomy is a breast surgery used to remove cancer cells. It’s also called breast-conserving surgery. Unlike a mastectomy, it involves removing only a portion of breast tissue.
Breast repair can be done right after the surgery or later on. While it may not be needed, some breast deformity due to an operation may make breast reconstruction necessary.
Top Benefits of Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction enables one to:
- Gain balance and symmetry back to the body. A feeling that parts of your body are lost after the surgery is real. Breast reformation helps to restore your appearance back to normal.
- Restore your confidence and self-esteem. A woman may not feel complete. If your breasts are shaped normally, your confidence can be restored.
- Studies on breast reconstructive surgery show that the results are permanent. Breast repair surgery offers natural, long-lasting results.
Do You Qualify for Breast Reconstruction?
- You should be in good health to tolerate the reconstruction process.
- Acceptable body weight: Women with Body Mass Index of less than 30, acquire the best results, though weight can’t rule out the possibility of surgery.
- Non-smokers: Smoking interferes with the body’s ability to heal faster, and nicotine can cause additional risks.
- If you are on medication, some medicines may increase bleeding in and after surgery. All medications taken should be discussed with your doctor.
Types of Breast Reconstruction
- Flap procedures (Use of your body tissue)
- The Nipple and Areola reconstruction after breast surgery
- Fat grafting
- Combination of implant and flap procedures, and
- Nipple tattooing
Considerable Factors When Selecting the Type of Breast Reconstruction
- Your health status and lifestyle
- The location and size of breast cancer
- The size of your breast
- The degree of the surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy)
- The available body muscles; for example, very skinny women might not have extra tissue to be used for breast reconstruction
- Whether you want to reconstruct one or both breasts
- If you’d like the look of both breasts to match
- Will your medical insurance cover the procedure and other related costs
- How quickly you want the reconstruction and recovery time from surgery
It is also important to talk to your surgeon freely about the operation of your choice. Find a specialist who can explain the limits, benefits, and risks of each surgery.