Breast Reconstruction: The Whys and What Fors
Breast reconstruction can deliver varying amounts of change in the size and shape of a woman’s breast. The simplest change comes from the procedure that professionals call a mastopexy. A mastopexy is a breast lift.
When a surgeon performs a breast lift, he does not leave his female patient with highly visible scars on her breasts. A breast lift calls for the removal and replacement of the nipples. If the surgeon fails to use proper care, the replaced nipples could lack the alignment normally achieved by Mother Nature.
A different procedure, called mammoplasty, requires the cutting out of a larger amount of breast tissue. Mammoplasty is the technical name for breast augmentation. During a breast augmentation, the surgeon cuts around the woman’s areola and down to the bottom of her breast.
After making that large incision, the surgeon removes fat and other connective tissue from the breast. Breast augmentation is often used for breast reduction. Women have many different reasons for requesting breast reduction.
A woman with very large breasts might complain of back pain, or she might have chaffing on the skin under her large breasts. Occasionally, a woman has such large breasts that she finds grooves forming on her shoulders. These grooves form where her bra strap has cut into her skin.
The above paragraphs point to ways that a breast augmentation can improve a woman’s health. Breast augmentation can also give a female patient a greater feeling of self-confidence. Breast augmentation can give a woman a pleasing and eye-catching cleavage. It can also provide a woman with even more noticeable changes than a breast lift. A breast lift cannot guarantee perkier breasts or more cleavage. Those changes can be achieved only when a woman is daring enough to try breast augmentation.
A more dramatic type of breast reconstruction is the breast implant. A woman who has had surgical treatment for breast cancer might speak with her doctor about breast implants.
During a breast implant, a surgeon places a synthetic padding under the skin that covered the area where the breast tumor was surgically removed. Plastic surgeons now tell their patients not to worry about the chemical nature of that padding.
All of these procedures entail some type of surgery. For that reason, they all introduce the female patient to a certain degree of risk. Surgery opens the skin, the natural protection against micro-organisms. Surgery always carries with it the possibility of infection.
All of these procedures produce some scarring. In cases where the scars are less obvious, the skills of the surgeon are greatly tested. If a surgeon fails to provide a woman with two natural-looking breasts, then she has only two choices. She must either live with the results of the breast reconstruction, or she must let another surgeon perform further breast reconstruction.