Statistics show that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point during her life. Mastectomy is the surgical removal of one or both breasts, and this is often used to treat breast cancer or as a preventive measure for women who are at high risk for breast cancer. After mastectomy, breast reconstruction can be performed to restore the breast(s) to a normal shape, size, and appearance. However, many women are not fully informed about their breast reconstruction options following breast cancer surgery.
What Is BRA Day?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the third annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day USA is October 15th, 2014. This initiative is a collaborative effort to promote education, awareness, and access concerning breast reconstruction after mastectomy. BRA Day advocates that every breast cancer patient deserves the right to know about all of her breast reconstruction options so that she can make the best decisions for herself. There are many resources and ways to get involved available on the BRA Day USA website.
Breast Reconstruction Facts
Here at our Casper plastic surgery practice, we also believe in educating our patients about their reconstruction options. In addition to the information on our breast reconstruction page, here are some helpful facts about breast reconstruction.
- There are three main types of breast reconstruction:
- Reconstruction with breast implants
- Reconstruction using tissue from another part of the patient’s body (autologous reconstruction)
- Reconstruction using implants and autologous tissue
- Reconstruction can be performed at the same time as the mastectomy, or it can be performed at a later time
- Nipple and areola reconstruction are optional and generally the last step of reconstruction
- The reconstructed breast may not look and feel the same as the removed breast
- Breast reconstruction patients greatly benefit from the procedure and generally experience greater quality of life than if they had not undergone reconstruction
If you would like more information about your breast reconstruction options, please call (307) 234-4585 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. John Roussalis is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and has many years of experience performing reconstructive surgery. Dr. Roussalis is considerate of the sensitive nature of this procedure and is dedicated to providing safe and effective procedures for his patients.