Why women want breast reconstruction

Posted on May 12, 2013 by Ali Sadeghi

Women choose breast reconstruction for many reasons:

  • To make their chest look balanced when they are wearing a bra or swimsuit
  • To permanently regain their breast shape 75%
  • So they don’t have to use a form that fits inside the bra (an external prosthesis)

You will be able to see the difference between the reconstructed breast and the remaining breast when you are nude. But when you are wearing a bra, the breasts should be alike enough in size and shape that you will feel comfortable about how you look in most types of clothes.

Your body image and self-esteem may improve after your reconstruction surgery, but this is not always the case. Breast reconstruction does not fix things you were unhappy about before your surgery. Also, some women are not happy with how the reconstructed breast looks and feels after surgery. You and those close to you must know the facts about what to expect from reconstruction.

There are often many options to think about as you and your doctors talk about what is best for you. The reconstruction process often means one or more operations. Talk about the benefits and risks of reconstruction with your doctors before the surgery is planned. Give yourself plenty of time to make the best decision for you. You should decide about breast reconstruction only after you are fully informed.