Your breasts consist of milk ducts and glands, which sit on top of your chest muscles. The surrounding fatty tissue provides the shape of your breasts. Breast cancer surgery can significantly change the shape of the breasts, depending on how much breast tissue and skin is removed, and how much tissue reaction or scarring there is in the remaining breast and skin in response to the surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Breast reconstruction is one of many significant medical advances to help women deal with a breast cancer diagnosis. It recreates the shape of your breasts following breast cancer surgery, and techniques have developed greatly in the past few years. There are now a variety of options, and breast implant technology and safety have also improved considerably.
Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is becoming increasingly common, and many women report an increase in self-confidence and emotional well-being, as well as renewed body image and sense of femininity and sexuality.
As you start to consider breast reconstruction, the first step of your journey is to be as informed as possible about the options for treatment, and to begin the planning early. There are several reconstruction options to keep in mind, including:
Ultimately, discussing your options with your doctor or surgeon will help you decide what’s right for you.
Lee, with NATRELLE® breast implants