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WHAT IS BREAST RECONSTRUCTION?

The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore one or both breast to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or other trauma. Breast reconstruction often involves several procedures performed in stages and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date.

Breast reconstruction generally falls into two categories: implant based reconstruction. Implants reconstruction or flap reconstruction. Implants reconstruction relies on breast implants to help form a new breast mound. Flap reconstruction uses the patient’s own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast. There are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing which option is best:
Type of mastectomy
Cancer treatments
Patient’s body type

IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?
breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure. you should do it for yourself not to fulfill someone else’s desire or try to fit any sort of ideal image. Breast reconstruction is a good option for you if:
You are able to cope well with your diagnosis and treatment 
You do not have additional medical condition or other illnesses that may impair healing
You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for restoring your breast and body image.
ALTHOUGH BREAST RECONSTRUCTION CAN REBUILD YOUR BREAST, THE RESULTS ARE HIGHLY VARIABLE:
A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation and fell as the breast it replaces.
Visible incision lines will always be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy.
Certain surgical techniques will leave incision lines at the donor site, commonly located in less exposed areas of the body such as back, abdomen or buttocks.

A note about symmetry: if only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size and position of both breast

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