For women who have had their breast(s) removed, breast reconstruction is often a godsend. Those who have to fight their way back from losing a breast, know all too well about the options for breast reconstruction, and the emotion that goes into arriving at a decision.
The field of breast reconstruction is constantly evolving. Today more than ever, there are several options available for breast reconstruction. However, the advances made in this area, has made it somewhat easier for women to cope with mastectomy. Breast implants and fat grafting are two of the more popular breast reconstruction methods.
- Breast reconstruction with implants generally involves the use of silicone-filled or saline-filled implants. In addition, there are the newer ‘gummy bear implants’ that are filled with a thick cohesive silicone. Although they were only recently introduced, they have proven to be very popular, because they are ‘form-stable.’ That simply means that they retain their shape even if they are punctured.
- Fat grafting is a technique that involves the use of fattaken from other parts of the body for breast reconstruction. The fat is harvested, processed, and then injected into the breast site. The procedure is also known as autologous fat transfer. The fat is usually harvested from areas like the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. This is done using a specific liposuction technique. Fat grafting is often preferred because it leaves no scars, and most of all, it makes the breasts look and feel very natural.
Losing a breast can seriously impact a woman’s self-esteem, and how she sees herself. However, the options for breast reconstruction offer a way forward, and the chance to rebuild their lives. In this way, they are able to enjoy a fulfilled and happy future, despite the changes that they have been through.