Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy Helps Self-image, Says Study

shutterstock_143274550A recent study involving women who had a mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery found the vast majority of the women noting that it improved their self-image in some form. All of these women underwent a mastectomy as part of their breast cancer treatment, and had immediate breast reconstruction surgery to re-build their breast mounds. Although the choice of whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery is each woman’s personal decision, many women have chosen to do so for the following reasons.

Renewing Their Self-Confidence

Not only can breast reconstruction surgery restore a woman’s silhouette, in many cases it erases scars created by previous surgeries used in breast cancer treatment. Women who have had one or both of their breasts removed as a result of breast cancer often feel that the new breasts that breast reconstruction gives them make them feel like their old selves, before cancer treatment. This regained sense of normalcy bolsters their self-confidence significantly. In fact, in the study mentioned previously, 86 percent of the women polled said they felt their newly constructed breasts were just as important to their self-confidence after surgery as their natural breasts were to them before surgery.

Preserving Their Sense of Femininity

Of the women who participated in the study mentioned, 84 percent said that their new breasts were an important part of them feeling feminine. These women chose to have their breast mounds rebuilt surgically rather than choose non-surgical options, like breast prostheses (artificial breast forms worn externally to achieve a natural breast shape in clothing). This sense of preserving their femininity was important, not only for their well-being, but also for their comfort and sexual confidence during intimate moments.

Regaining Ownership Over Their Bodies

For women dealing with breast cancer and treatment, it often feels as though they have lost control of their body. Some women report feeling a sense of betrayal, as if their body has become an “enemy” of sorts, after being diagnosed. Breast reconstruction surgery has become for these women a way to regain a sense of control and ownership over their bodies once more. For a women who has lost one or both of her breasts as a result of cancer treatment, this feeling can be a lifeline linked to both her self-image and her feelings about her sexuality. As Dr. Lisa Schneider, a New Jersey surgeon, told Reuters, “One aspect of sexuality is feeling in control of your body, and the ability to actively choose breast reconstruction is certainly part of that sense of control.”

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