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In the previous blog we talked about breast shaping after breast cancer surgery. Now we will discuss how the process starts and what helps you make an informed decision.
The diagnosis of breast will result in emotional and physical trauma to patients. So the first question is why have breast reconstruction? The reasons are:
1- To have balanced breasts.
2- To regain their breast shape.
3- Improve self-esteem.
4- To avoid using external filler or prosthesis.
Many breast reconstruction techniques will result in a shape that is much better than before surgery.
Once you are diagnosed with cancer you can ask your breast surgeon or your oncologist about reconstruction of the breast. A consult with a plastic surgeon who works closely with the oncologist and the surgeon is essential to coordinate your treatment. It has to be emphasized that the cancer treatment should be the priority and the reconstruction of the breast should not delay or stop your therapy. Your plastic surgeon must have close communication with the breast surgeon, and the oncologist.
During your consultation with the plastic surgeon the options to shape the breast will be addressed. These options will depend on several factors; your desired shape, the amount of tissue available, the type of breast surgery and the type of cancer treatment.
In the next blog we will discuss the option of immediate and delayed breast reconstruction.
Dr. Jaibaji is a double board-certified surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.