Having a breast mastectomy performed on yourself can be a terrifying thing, especially considering that it is usually followed by an intensive care plan for reconstruction of the breast, or breasts that have had a breast mastectomy performed on them. After the mastectomy has been performed the patient has a choice on whether to wait to begin the reconstruction process or begin directly afterwards, this should be discussed with the provider. At the beginning of the reconstruction process, an expander will be placed directly behind the layer of skin where the breast once was. As the healing process continues, saline will be injected into the expander to slowly expand the breast to it’s previous or desired size.
- When faced with mastectomy surgery, it is normal to experience grief, depression, and anger.
- A good plastic surgeon can help you reclaim your life by guiding you through breast reconstruction.
- Some women opt for reconstruction surgery right after their mastectomy, while others wait.
“Your bust will feel natural and create an appealing shape once again. You can choose to have your breast reconstruction surgery immediately after a mastectomy or you may choose to wait.”