Cancer is a terrible disease, and breast cancer doubly so. There’s something innately unjust about a frequently fatal disease that, if you manage to survive it, still threatens to take away your feeling of femininity. Although advances have been made in cancer treatment over the past few decades, the most effective treatment still remains mastectomy, and the loss of a breast or breasts can have catastrophic effects on any woman’s self image.
The good news is that in addition to the advances in cancer treatment, there have also been significant strides taken in the field of reconstructive surgery, and breast reconstruction specifically. The options available to women today for the replacement of the breast, or breasts they lost to cancer mean that your loss no longer needs to be permanent. Using a variety of techniques, today’s breast reconstruction surgeons can rebuild what was taken, restoring a measure of lost dignity, and helping you feel more like the woman you’ve always been.
There are two primary forms of breast reconstruction to choose from, although both of these encompass a wide variety of subtypes that may be more or less suitable for you depending on your particular context, your goals, and your physiology. For the most part you’ll be deciding between prosthetic reconstruction and autologous reconstruction. Prosthetic reconstruction involves the use of implants to rebuild the breast, similar to breast enhancement. Autologous reconstruction is when the surgeon uses tissue from another part of your body to rebuild the breast.
Both methods have their pros and cons. Prosthetic reconstruction is much quicker and less invasive which provides faster recovery times, but with all of the risks inherent in implanting a foreign object into the human body. Autologous reconstruction has the advantage of using your own tissue which minimizes the risk of infection and effectively eliminates the chance of rejection, but at the cost of longer recovery and longer surgery times.
It’s important to book a consultation with Dr. Liu as early as possible in the process, so that the two of you can develop a realistic roadmap to follow in getting you to the place you want to be. Dr. Liu’s early training included extensive work on breast reconstruction in both Taiwan and New Orleans, and much of his research has centered on advanced wound healing issues and cancer reconstruction techniques, so he knows how to help you get through this with a suitable amount of dignity, and respect.
You beat the odds, and beat cancer, and it was undoubtedly at great personal cost in terms of energy, stress, and grief. You refused to let cancer take your life, and that’s all the more reason to refuse to let it take your femininity.
Dr. Perry Liu is a Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon. His skills embody the convergence of art and medicine that is the essence of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Liu is graduate of Duke University, and continued on to medical school at Emory University in Atlanta You can find Dr. Perry Liu on Google+. Dr. Liu is located in Beverly Hills for breast reconstruction services.