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What women should know before undergoing breast reconstruction

Patients must have extensive consultations with specialists and surgeons before deciding on the procedure

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Dr. Allen Rezai, consultant plastic, aesthetic & reconstructive surgeon at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group

Dubai: Thanks to medical advancements in plastic and cosmetic surgeries, many breast cancer survivors these days are opting for a breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.

Two most popular types of breast reconstructions are called autologous and implant.

An autologous breast reconstruction, also commonly called flap breast reconstruction, uses the patient’s own tissue from another part of the body to recreate the breast. In case of an implant breast reconstruction, silicone or saline implants are used to create the breast mound.

Although breast reconstructions help women feel better about their appearance, it is important they are fully aware of what they are getting into before going for the procedure. Extensive consultations with specialists and surgeons are advised before deciding on the best method of reconstruction.

One of the things patients need to know about their newly reconstructed breasts is that they will never look like their original ones. They must explore options to find what works for them and what does not.

Another important factor to take into account is that not every cancer case is suitable for breast reconstruction as the patient may have other health complications that may medically prohibit her from getting a reconstruction. Sometimes women are so tired after a mastectomy, they may not want to undergo further surgeries.

One must also consider the stage of breast cancer and weigh in on the subsequent treatments needed before opting for reconstruction. The general well-being of the person is also taken into consideration to assess the healing ability of the person.

Considering it is a cosmetic procedure, the patient must clearly articulate her preference for balance and shape of the breast. The surgeon must openly discuss details of the procedures involved and its cost with the patient so she is clear about everything and can carefully consider her options.

The writer is consultant plastic, aesthetic & reconstructive surgeon at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group.


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