Getting Breast Reconstruction Better The Second Time Around
For many women, post-mastectomy breast reconstruction is a process. Although some may expect a one-and-done procedure, their bodies may not cooperate. Some experience complications, particularly with breast implants, that require additional surgery. And others are just unhappy with the results of their breast reconstruction, the breast doesn’t feel natural, they have pain, there are symmetry issues. According to breast reconstruction specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen, “the objective of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is to create a natural breast with the shape, softness, warmth and symmetry of the original breast.” Dr. Chen adds that sometimes follow-up adjustments are needed to achieve that goal, and in some cases, corrective surgery is needed to reverse an unsuccessful reconstruction. However, women should know that with advanced surgical techniques and a custom plan with an experienced breast reconstruction physician that improvements can be realized in size, shape, and symmetry after an initial breast reconstruction, to make the breasts look more normal again and to restore a sense of completeness.”
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