Chapter: 6 - Treatment
Subchapter: 4 - Breast Reconstruction
Following a mastectomy, you have options to help you become comfortable with the changes in your body. They are all options, with benefits to each approach. What is best for you and your body may not be what is best for another woman.
If you are considering breast reconstruction, you should speak with your medical team before the mastectomy, even if you plan to have your reconstruction later on.
There are a few of options for breast reconstruction, and which one you use will depend on your age, body type, and treatment plan.
One possibility is to have breast implants. The breast is filled with silicone sacs of saline or silicone gel.
TRAM Flap, Latissimus Flap, or Gluteal Flap
An alternative solution is to use tissue the surgeon removes from another part of your body, like the belly (TRAM), back (latissimus), or buttocks (gluteal). The surgeon sculpts this tissue into the shape of your breast.
In addition to reconstructing the breast, the surgeon can add a nipple, change the shape or size of the reconstructed breast, and operate on the opposite breast as well for a better match. The plastic surgeon will be able to discuss with you the benefits and risks of each procedure, and help you decide what will make you feel the most natural.
Alternative to Breast Reconstruction
One alternative to breast reconstruction is a removable prosthetic breast that is worn in the bra. This will preserve the shape and look of the breast without the surgical procedures.
Whether you undergo breast reconstruction, wear a prosthetic breast, or choose to embrace the changes you have experienced, you should make a decision that is right for you. The goal is to prevent the discomfort of change, while enabling you to accept what has occurred and continue on with your life.
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The mammograms are done the same way for implants as with natural breast with the digital mammograms of today they can actually view the implant and the surrounding tissue. So many women have breast augmentation these days most mammogram technicians are very well trained in doing mammograms for...
The mammograms are done the same way for implants as with natural breast with the digital mammograms of today they can actually view the implant and the surrounding tissue. So many women have breast augmentation these days most mammogram technicians are very well trained in doing mammograms for a woman with implants
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Eat what you want and I ~seriously~ mean ANYTHING! Good luck and may your surgery go flawlessly wonderful! Take care, Sharon
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