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Why Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is not a required part of the formula for the treatment of breast cancer. A well fitted breast prosthesis will give a woman a very normal appearance in clothing, and in my experience, a loving partner will stay with and continue to love the person who has lost a breast.
While many patients will elect to have breast reconstruction after mastectomy to please their partner or to look like they have natural breasts, the ultimate reason to have breast reconstruction is for yourself. It is so you feel comfortable when you get out of the shower, it is so you feel comfortable when you look in the mirror, it is so you can go swimming without having to worry about a prosthesis moving or even worse coming out of the bathing suit, it is so you can pick up a child or grandchild and not have to worry about what you will say if they ask why you feel different. Some women do not have these concerns, and for these people breast reconstruction is just another procedure that adds time and expense.
I had an 80 year old woman in my office who was about to have a mastectomy and was interested in breast reconstruction. I thought she was a bit old to consider this and asked her why she was interested in breast reconstruction. Her answer was the only answer that made any sense. She told me it was none of my business. The reality is, a woman should have breast reconstruction after mastectomy so long as her personal reasons make sense to her.
To find out if breast reconstruction in the New York metro area may be right for you, click here to request a phone consultation from Dr. Keller, a renowned plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive flap procedures.