Diagnosed with breast cancer? Mastectomy is the usual recommended treatment. You hate losing your breast! How would an imbalanced chest look like? Even with the costly clothes and gowns – you still appear awkward. Your situation is becoming unbearable. Your physical appearance is in double-trouble. You feel very insecure. You lost the best ingredient to sexiness.
But there is breast after mastectomy. There are two known ways to be undertaken to replace the missing breast. When your breast is removed to save your life from breast cancer, you can have breast prostheses or breast reconstruction after.
Breast prosthesis is an external artificial breast. You can wear it inside your brassiere or you can buy the self-adhesive one. There are also mastectomy bras available in specialty lingerie stores. Once you acquire the prosthesis, all you have to do is insert the prosthesis in the pocket of the bra.
In choosing prosthesis (prostheses), you take note of the color, shape and size of the remaining breast. The prosthesis will be made in similar or as much as possible identical to the remaining boobs.
Although it may take time to adjust to its use, you will eventually find out that it helps you look better when you have your clothes on. There are also special kinds of prostheses – suitable for swim suits.
Your choice of prosthesis is dependent upon several considerations: your budget or cost of the prosthesis, the type of mastectomy you had, the shape of your body and remaining breast and of course -your preference. However, the key factor is for you to acquire it through a specialized prosthesis fitter.
Breast reconstruction is having replacement breast through implant of tissues taken from other parts of your body. This involves one or several operations. You can choose between immediate reconstruction (simultaneous to mastectomy), or delayed reconstruction (done at a later time).
Due to breast reconstruction, your sad feeling for the loss of the cancer stricken breast is reduced to a certain minimum. You regain your sex appeal and insecurity. Your self-esteem is back. With breast reconstruction you are less reminded about having breast cancer.
However, the draw-back is this – The reconstructed breast may not look like and feel like the lost one. Also, on the basis of the kind of operation done, you will end up with scars around the breast and possible on the body part where the implants were taken.
So mastectomy victims – have no worry on how your chest will look like. You can dress up the way you used to be, without giving inkling to others that you have only one “true” breast. But before you decide, just be forewarned: do not expect to have an identical breast after. The aim of prosthesis and reconstruction is to make you look natural when you have your clothes on. Have consultation with your surgeon before rushing to breast reconstruction – he knows what is best! Breast prosthesis has no great side effects.
So if you have breast cancer and worried about your looks, do not worry as there is a way to make you look and feel whole even if you are not the same.