Is Breast Reconstruction Surgery Right for You?
Dr. David Passaretti can help patients recovering from breast cancer determine if breast reconstruction surgery at his Darien, CT, practice is right for their needs. Although there are other non-surgical options, including specialty bras and prosthetics, many women prefer the more permanent option of breast reconstruction to restore their natural curves and self-confidence. Breast reconstruction surgery can be customized to meet each patient’s specific needs, although it may not be right for everyone.
Is Breast Reconstruction Right For Me?
If you have lost one or both breasts due to cancer and wish to restore the size and shape of your natural breasts, breast reconstruction may be right for you. Dr. Passaretti offers both implant and flap reconstruction methods so that the surgery can be personalized to meet your individual needs.
Overall, patients must be cancer free prior to undergo surgery. It is important that you do not smoke and that you are in good overall health. Breast reconstruction surgery may not be ideal for patients who have diabetes or high blood pressure. Flap reconstruction may not be an option for patients with a connective tissue disorder or vascular disease. Women desiring flap reconstructions must also have sufficient muscle or fat tissues to be taken from another area of the body.
Disadvantages of Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Although breast reconstruction surgery offers numerous emotional and physical benefits, there are some risks and complications you should be aware of when deciding on breast surgery. This treatment is typically performed in stages of multiple procedures and recovery periods, making it a long process that can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Patients should prepare themselves for the emotional ups and downs of the process.
Additionally, as with any surgery, there are some standard risks of complications, such as infection or a negative reaction to anesthesia. Working with a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Passaretti, who has an impressively low rate of infection, can help reduce these risks. You are also likely to experience scarring. However, Dr. Passaretti will make every effort to ensure your incisions are placed in discreet locations that will be easily covered by clothing.
Patients who choose saline or silicone implants should be aware that there is risk of scar tissue forming around the implant, which can become painful. Implants can also rupture or deflate, requiring them to be replaced. In addition, implants are designed to last for only ten years, after which time they must either be removed or replaced.
Reconstruction surgery can provide closure for many patients who feel that they have finally beat cancer by regaining their figure.
Advantages of Breast Reconstruction Surgery
There are numerous emotional and physical benefits of breast reconstruction surgery that many women deem worth the risks associated with the procedure. Breast reconstruction can restore your self-confidence and renew your sense of femininity. It can also alleviate the anxiety, depression, fear, and low self-esteem that can result from cancer and losing one or both breasts. Many women feel more comfortable and confident following breast reconstruction surgery. Reconstruction surgery can also provide closure for many patients who feel that they have finally beat cancer by regaining their figure.
Physically, the size and shape of your breast or breasts will be improved to restore your natural curves and feminine figure. Your breasts can be more symmetrical and look and feel natural. Combining reconstruction with augmentation can create a fuller bust, with more symmetry and perkiness than you may have ever had before. You can enjoy your restored figure for years to come.
Restore Your Figure
Although breast reconstruction surgery is a lengthy process, the emotional and physical benefits can be extremely worthwhile for patients. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Passaretti.