Breast reconstruction is a transformative journey for women who have undergone mastectomy or breast surgery due to cancer or other medical conditions. It’s a process that aims to restore not only the physical aspect of the breast, but also your emotional well-being and confidence. One popular method of breast reconstruction involves the use of implants.
What Is Breast Reconstruction?
After a mastectomy (surgical removal of the breast), breast reconstruction is a treatment to help restore the shape and appearance of a breast. Various methods, such as implants, autologous (your own) tissue transfer, or a mix of the two, can be used to carry it out.
In implant-based reconstruction, implants made of silicone or saline can be used to recreate the breast mound. Due to its significantly quicker recovery period and less intrusive nature than when your own tissues are used, this is a popular way to undergo breast reconstruction.
Autologous tissue reconstruction, or flap reconstruction, uses a woman’s own tissue, typically from the abdomen or back, to recreate the breast. Women often choose this method of reconstruction because no implants are involved. They won’t need surgery in the future to fix a broken implant.
In some cases, a combination of implant-based and autologous tissue reconstruction may be recommended. This approach combines the advantages of both methods. An implant provides a nice size and shape, while your own tissues cover the implant, providing a more natural feel.
Breast reconstruction offers numerous benefits, including improved self-esteem, body image, and quality of life. It can help you regain a sense of normalcy after breast cancer or trauma, allowing you to move forward with confidence.
Once the reconstruction is complete and you’ve fully recovered, you can enjoy the benefits of your new breasts. Be sure to maintain regular check-ups to monitor your breast health and address any concerns.
Book an Appointment
Breast reconstruction with implants is a transformative journey that can help women regain their self-confidence and sense of self after breast surgery. By understanding the process, considering your options, and choosing the right surgeon, you can embark on this journey with confidence. Remember that breast reconstruction is a deeply personal decision, and you should take the time to explore your options and make choices that align with your goals and values. Contact the office of Dr. Kunkel, located in Fort Worth, TX, to discuss your options. Call 817-335-5200 to schedule your appointment.