Putting your body through a series of changes can be difficult, both physically and emotionally. We understand that the breast reconstruction process isn’t an easy one and we are sensitive to the idea that this procedure has the ability to impact your quality of life. Let’s go over a few things you should know if you’re considering breast reconstruction surgery.
It’s Okay, and Encouraged, to Ask Questions
Everybody goes about their breast reconstruction differently. While some patients wait until they are completely through with their cancer treatments to consider the surgery, others want to have reconstruction done at the same time as their mastectomy. Ultimately, we urge you to ask as many questions as possible throughout the consultation and reconstruction process. Dr. Vu and his team believe it’s important to be as informed as possible about your options and ultimate decision to undergo breast reconstruction.
Don’t Get Stingy on Research
Oftentimes, breast reconstruction isn’t as easy as inserting breast implants into the place of lost breast tissue. Breast reconstruction can be as simple as traditional breast augmentation, or more complicated and require skin and fat grafts to be harvested from other areas of the body. If you are considering a flap procedure, or a procedure that requires grafting from the thighs, back, or lower abdomen, it’s important you find a plastic surgeon he is highly qualified to do so.
It Doesn’t Have to be Rushed
Choosing to undergo breast reconstruction surgery is always an option available to you – no matter how soon or late you choose to make that decision for yourself. Don’t feel the pressure to undergo breast reconstruction if you’re not physically or emotionally ready to take on another surgical procedure. Make sure you’re completely ready in every aspect before scheduling your breast reconstruction consultation with your plastic surgeon of choice.
Age is Just a Number
Remember that breast reconstruction is an option for any patient, no matter their age. A comprehensive study proves older women who had a breast removed and reconstructed had no greater frequency of complications after surgery than patients much younger than them. Considering a study done in 2016 estimated 40 percent of breast cancer diagnoses being for patients 62 years and older, it’s important to know that breast reconstruction is not restricted by age.
Finding the Right Surgeon Matters
Like with any plastic surgery procedure, you’re going to want to make sure your plastic surgeon is highly qualified to perform your breast reconstruction surgery. You’ll want to find a surgeon who, like Dr. Vu, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in cosmetic breast enhancement procedures.
If you’re ready to start taking the first steps towards your breast reconstruction, contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Vu.