For some patients the surgery is purely aesthetic. For others it’s about “closing the loop” on cancer and returning to your normal, confident self. Whatever your reasons, breast reconstruction does not interfere with the treatment of breast cancer or surveillance for recurrence.
And while the surgery is considered elective, the results can have a profound positive emotional impact, including feelings of regained wholeness and femininity, as well as practical benefits such as eliminating the need for a cumbersome breast prosthesis. In fact, many experts consider reconstruction to be an integral part of breast cancer therapy, as the sense of completeness can aid with psychological recovery.
Reconstruction can help you feel comfortable in you skin again, and increase your self-confidence and sense of control over your life. Many women feel a new determination and focus – a strong sense of starting over that ripples outward over family, friends, relationships, interests and work.