We recently wrapped up Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when we are all reminded about the importance of breast cancer screening. But for some, when screening leads to a cancer diagnosis, it's just the first step in a long process toward regaining health and preserving life.
As plastic surgeons, we often join a patient's journey after breast cancer has been diagnosed and has resulted in a mastectomy, or surgery to remove the breast. Many women choose to have reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy in order to rebuild a realistic looking breast. Sometimes implants are used, and other times the patient's own tissues can be relocated to form the new breast.
If you have had, or will have a mastectomy, it's important to talk with your doctor about post-surgery options, and whether or not breast reconstruction is right for you. Information and resources can also be found on the American Cancer Society's website, or by meeting with one of our physicians to discuss your care.