For many women, breast reconstruction is an integral part of the healing process from breast cancer. In fact, the latest statistics show an increasing number of women are undergoing breast reconstruction following mastectomy. In this blog post, Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammed Alghoul takes a look at the latest findings and discusses the breast reconstruction options he offers.
Why More Breast Cancer Survivors are Choosing Breast Reconstruction
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that 46 percent of breast cancer patients underwent reconstruction in 1998, but that number rose to 63 percent by 2007. The study also found that the rate of bilateral mastectomy (a procedure in which both breasts are surgically removed) increased six-fold between 1998 and 2007. Three-quarters of those women also opted for breast reconstruction surgery.
Researchers believe an increase in awareness may be responsible for the rise in breast reconstruction surgeries. More women are becoming aware of breast reconstruction options and the benefits of the procedure following mastectomy.
“Breast reconstruction has a big impact on the quality of life for breast cancer survivors,” said study first author Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil.
Breast reconstruction allows women to regain their breast shape and has been shown to restore their self-esteem and confidence. Several studies have found that many breast cancer survivors report feeling happier about their bodies and themselves.
Breast Reconstruction with Dr. Alghoul
Dr. Alghoul is a trusted plastic surgeon who strives to help alleviate some of the pain and difficulty that breast cancer patients go through following mastectomy and lumpectomy. The plastic surgeon offers all aspects of breast reconstruction procedures including the following options:
- Breast reconstruction with implants. Patients can choose saline or silicone, round or shaped implants to create a desirable breast shape.
- Autologous breast reconstruction. Breasts are reformed using fat and tissue from another body area.
- Breast symmetry procedure. Balance in breast size and shape is restored following mastectomy.
- Nipple areola reconstruction. The nipple is reconstructed from the breast skin or the flap skin used to reconstruct the breast.
Patients have the option to undergo reconstruction surgery immediately after their mastectomy/lumpectomy or delay the procedure for some time in the future. Dr. Alghoul can discuss these options with you in detail during your initial consultation.
To learn more about breast reconstruction, schedule a personal consultation with Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammed Alghoul. Please call (312) 695-5663 today.