Losing a breast after a mastectomy is a very emotional experience. Many women find themselves struggling with anxiety, depression, or poor self-image after breast cancer. While breast reconstruction cannot recreate the exact look and feel of natural breasts, it has a large impact on both a woman’s appearance and her quality of life. There are many benefits to this unique plastic surgery procedure for Missoula-area women—if they decide it is right for them.
Our practice is proud to offer this trusted surgery to so many strong breast cancer survivors. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are 4 reasons breast reconstruction truly changes women’s lives.
Bring balance and proportion to a woman’s appearance
The breasts are often a vital part of a woman’s appearance and self-identity. Losing these features affects the body’s shape, making it more difficult to dress or feel feminine. Breast reconstruction surgery can restore that lost balance with implants or skin tissue to make the body look more proportional. Swimsuits and low-cut tops can be more enjoyable to wear and more comfortable to put on once breast shape is reconstructed.
Restore confidence and self-esteem
Losing the breasts has more than a physical impact. There is a mental toll to seeing the body change, and this loss can be a constant reminder of a long breast cancer struggle. Many women report that breast reconstruction helps them feel like they’ve “returned” to their old bodies. Recreating what had been lost provides a boost of confidence that makes it easier to move on after breast cancer.
Provide customized looks for each person’s needs
Just as no two women are exactly alike, the approach to breast reconstruction surgery also varies. Breast reconstruction is a highly customizable procedure that caters to each patient’s individual needs. Implant insertion, flap surgery, and areola reconstruction are all available options. Plastic surgeons tailor these details to a woman’s specific body type. This customization better ensures that a woman achieves the results she wants so she can fully enjoy her new body.
Create beautiful, long-lasting results
Breast forms can be inconvenient, heavy, and sweaty, and the “new look” only lasts as long as you’re wearing the prosthesis. Breast reconstruction, on the other hand, is a permanent change to the body that requires no molds, adjustments, or specialty bras. Surgery gives women the natural-looking results they want and provides confidence around the clock. The results last for many years, allowing women to feel truly happy in their own skin.
In the end, choosing to undergo breast reconstruction is a very personal decision. Only you and your doctor know best if it is right for you. However, if you choose reconstruction, be sure to find a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. This is the best way to guarantee safe, satisfying results.
Browse our before-and-after photo gallery to see examples of our real patients’ results. If you would like to learn more about breast reconstruction, request a consultation at our Kalispell plastic surgery practice. You can also contact our office by phone at (406) 756-2241.