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Women Considering Unrelated Plastic Surgery Procedures after Breast Reconstruction

Posted Nov 12 2013 10:24am

Breast reconstruction is a boon for women who have undergone partial or full mastectomy. The procedure is proven to improve the self-esteem and confidence of women who have had a tough time battling with life-threatening breast cancer.

According to the new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), some breast cancer patients after breast reconstruction choose to undergo other unrelated cosmetic surgery procedures to further boost their self-image.


Of the 1,214 women who underwent breast reconstruction procedures between 2005 and 2012, 113 had other cosmetic surgery procedures. Some of the women reported that they felt more self-conscious after having breast reconstruction and that was the main reason for considering other cosmetic procedures.

Of the 113 women who underwent aesthetic procedures, 42 responded to the survey. They said that they underwent procedures such as liposuction (33%), facelift (19%), and eyelid surgery (12%). Most women also agreed that they acheived a higher level of satisfaction regarding their body image after cosmetic surgery.

There are reports that most women who consider breast reconstruction are happy with the new size, shape and feel of their breasts. The surgery had a positive impact on their lives. The satisfying results obtained from breast reconstruction prompted them to enhance other body areas with other aesthetic procedures.

Breast reconstruction is performed either with autologous tissue (DIEP flap) or with implants. With the DIEP flap breast reconstruction, the patient’s own tissue and skin are used to reconstruct the breasts. DIEP flap procedure also involves reconstructing the nipples and tattooing areolas to provide a natural appearance. Reconstructing the breasts with implants require less donor site morbidity on behalf of the patients. Patients with congenital breast defects and adequate soft tissue are often ideal candidates for implant reconstruction.

Remember that the success of any procedure mainly depends on the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon. Ensure that the breast surgeon of your choice is experienced in reconstructive as well as cosmetic breast surgery procedures. Choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery center for safe, superior results and quick recovery.

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