Who can have breast reconstruction?
Generally, patients should be in relatively good cardiovascular health, and be fit enough to have the required surgical procedure(s). And if you’re healthy enough, you can have breast reconstruction at any age. On the other hand, reconstruction may be difficult in women who smoke, are very overweight, or who have illnesses such as diabetes that increase the risk of surgery. Your plastic surgeon will determine what are the best options available to you.
What you should know is that:
Certain medical conditions may prevent reconstruction:
IS BREAST RECONSTRUCTION RIGHT FOR ME?
Breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure. You should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to fit any sort of ideal image. Breast reconstruction is a good option if you:
- Cope well with your diagnosis and treatment
- Don’t have additional medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing
- Have a positive outlook and realistic goals for restoring your breast and body image
The decision to have breast reconstruction is a personal one. Most important is that you feel ready for the emotional adjustment involved in breast reconstruction, and it may take some time to accept the results.