Women who have undergone a mastectomy due to breast cancer have the option to relive the beauty of life by receiving a breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction may prove an extremely rewarding procedure not only physically but also emotionally. Patients get to improve their self-image immensely and enhance the quality of life post-mastectomy.

Considering one more surgical procedure after going through the traumatizing cancer treatments can get very stressful. Despite this, many women in the world consider undergoing breast reconstruction surgery. The surgical procedure is empowering more and more women to regain their feelings of femininity and a sense of normalcy. Moreover, the surgery helps to rebuild the women’s breast symmetry. Breast reconstruction surgery not only corrects previous breast surgeries but also nipple replacement.

Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed through several techniques. Sometimes the entire surgical process requires more than one operation. Most of these techniques are used to restore the near-normal appearance of the breast's size and shape after a mastectomy. The results of the surgery can be highly variable depending on the individual. There may be loss of sensation after the surgery, a difference in the feeling of the breasts, and scarring or visible incisions to the breast area.

How do you know that you are the right candidate for breast reconstruction? To decide on this, you will have to meet the right plastic surgeon and discuss your expectations, the options available, and the desired outcome.

Breast reconstruction is often performed under general anesthesia in a hospital setting and will typically include an overnight stay at the hospital. Now, the two important factors to consider are insurance coverage for the surgery and time off from work. Further, you will also have to discuss the reconstruction options with your plastic surgeon. Whether there will be tissue expansion stretching the skin to prepare for placement of a breast implant surgically or the breast implants will be directly placed surgically. You should also note that these techniques may include fat grafting or nipple sparring to help improve the breast symmetry and the overall result. There are also other procedural alternatives such as autologous tissue reconstruction, lumpectomy, or oncoplastic reduction.

Deciding on the right plastic surgeon is very crucial when opting for breast reconstruction surgery. The surgeon you choose should be board certified with many years of surgical experience in performing breast reconstruction procedures. This will help in creating more natural-looking breasts the way you desired, in turn, enhancing your body shape. Since this procedure is not like the standard breast augmentation procedure, the operation requires a thorough understanding of the human anatomical intricacies. Hence, the surgeon with extensive surgical experience in breast reconstruction surgeries will be able to provide the best outcomes.

Post-surgery and insertion of the implants, the incisions will be covered with bandages. To minimize swelling and bruising, you will be placed in a surgical bra which will optimize comfort and also help with the contouring and shaping results. Further, to drain the bodily fluids, a drain is placed typically under the skin. Specific post-procedure instructions will be given to you by your surgeon including a follow up with him. It is recommended to follow these instructions and follow up whenever asked.

The decision ultimately lies in the hands of the patient. It is very important to know all your options and discuss all the possible benefits versus risks with your surgeon so that you feel confident and comfortable with your decision.

Author's Bio: 

Myself Sonia and I am a health and fitness blogger.