As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you’re likely to see more reminders in this time than throughout the year on how to perform a self-exam and what to do if you suspect abnormalities in your breast tissue.
For those who have undergone treatment for breast cancer – including a full or partial mastectomy – you may have weighed whether or not to have cosmetic surgery to correct your bustline. The St. Petersburg Time recently reported that of the percentage of women who opt for removal of a breast to fight cancer, only a third of them have surgery to augment the body with a breast implant.
The decision to have reconstruction work done lies primarily with you. If you’re married, you may wish to discuss the matter with your spouse, or maybe with friends who have also battled cancer, but ultimately you are directed affected and must accept or pass on the option. Various factors come into play at this time, and women will consider a number of issues:
Energy: As reconstructive breast surgery is quite involved, you’ll need to ask yourself if you have the stamina to go through another operation so soon. Depending on your treatment, you may not be able to see a plastic surgeon immediately.
If you opt for surgery, coordinate with your surgeon and oncologist to determine the best time.
Vanity: For some women, having both breasts is important part of their identity. Older women may be more content to use “falsies” when going out in public.
How you wish to present yourself to the world is one thing you’ll mull over when the time comes to consult with a cosmetic surgeon.
Expense: For some women, too, it all comes down to money. Can you afford surgery? Is it possible to get some insurance to cover the operation? Check your budget before you make any calls.
Reconstructing the breast area to restore symmetry to your body can also restore your confidence and desire to return to work or an active social life.
When you have valiantly fought cancer and won the war, you may express interest in returning to your old self as soon as possible. The decision, at the end of the day, is yours, so it’s best to know you’re doing it for yourself and know all the risks, benefits, and cons involved.