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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Breast Reconstruction

The aim of this surgery is to improve the shape or size of the breasts in order for medical, reconstructive and cosmetic purposes. This procedure is the main solution presented to women with breast cancer, who have been forced to undertake a mastectomy (breast removal). This condition can be devastating for women and can be the cause for severe depression and self-consciousness.

However, scientific research has found a way to help women in this situation by improving the techniques for breast reconstruction. Today, this surgery recreates the natural contours of the patient’s breast, renewing her sense of femininity and beauty. It can be performed immediately after a mastectomy and thus, the patient can wake up with a breast mound already in place, without having to suffer from the experience of seeing herself with no breast at all.

Many factors play an important role when it comes to being a candidate for breast reconstruction. Aspects such as age, smoking/medical history, changes in weight and your physical health will have to be taken into consideration and discussed with your doctor.

The whole operation is performed under general anesthesia and can take from 2 to 6 hours, depending on the extent of the reconstruction. The technique your surgeon will use is chosen depending on the amount of skin replacement needed, the size, shape and position of the breast the patient desires and the amount of skin the patient has available for reconstruction.

If you have any questions or wish to receive more information in regards to breast reconstruction surgery, please feel free to send us a message.

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