Losing a breast to cancer affects each woman who experiences it differently. Some women in Hollywood, FL wear their scar like a badge of honor or a signal of their strength. Others wear a prosthesis, not wanting to appear different from women who have not experienced cancer. Still, others are somewhere in the middle, hiding or sharing their triumph depending on the circumstances. Regardless of how you feel about your mastectomy, there are several advantages to breast reconstruction you will want to consider after you are safely in remission or cancer-free.
Removing Cancer as a Conversational Topic
Being thought of as a cancer survivor by everyone at all times can be exhausting to some people, male or female. By having your missing breast or breasts reconstructed, no one will know you had cancer. This can be a relief, especially if you are shy, socially awkward or are simply tired of telling your story. If you want to go back to just being Jane and not “Jane the Cancer Survivor,” a breast reconstruction procedure can help you put it behind you and remove it as a potential topic of conversation.
Ease and Practicality with Your Lifestyle
A mastectomy can also affect your hobbies and lifestyle. Gymnasts may notice they are pulled to the side that still has a breast, and horseback riders may notice the same leaning in their seat while in the saddle. Those who climb may note an over-reliance on their non-surgical side, leading to asymmetry in the arms and shoulders. Swimmers may notice a change in buoyancy and how their body lays during their stroke. All of these issues can be resolved with breast reconstruction in Hollywood, FL.
Greater Confidence in Your Personal Life
Whether you are dating or have been happily married for thirty years, losing a breast can have an impact on your confidence during intimacy. To some people, breasts are an important aspect of femininity and sexuality. While some women are not bothered at all by the missing breast, others may feel shy, asexual or view themselves as damaged. If you are experiencing negative feelings that are impacting your personal life, it may be time to consider breast reconstruction.
If you or someone you love has experienced cancer and lost a breast, breast reconstruction at Plastic Surgery Specialists of South Florida in Hollywood, FL can help. As long as the person is in remission or has been declared cancer-free, this option is open. If you would like to discuss your case and get an opinion of your options, contact us today to schedule a consultation!