Breast Reconstruction Advantages
On November 17, 2006, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the availability and use of silicone gel-filled breast implants for breast reconstruction in women of all ages.
While 80 percent of women who undergo breast implant surgery do so for cosmetic reasons, some choose implants because they lost one or both breasts to disease or injury. When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, her physicians may recommend that she undergo a mastectomy, or removal of the breast, to remove the cells that caused her breast cancer.
Dealing with cancer is an incredible physical and emotional challenge. Cancer that takes away one's secure feelings about her femininity and sexuality makes the experience even more difficult. Thanks to technological advances in surgery and science, women who undergo a mastectomy can have a new breast made either from an implant or their own (autologous) tissue.
Whether performed immediately following a mastectomy or at a later time, breast reconstruction can dramatically improve a woman's appearance, self-confidence, and quality of life. Studies show that immediate reconstruction does not delay post-operative chemotherapy, prolong recovery, or hinder the diagnosis of local cancer recurrence.