June 10, 2013 – Women who face the possibility of developing breast cancer due to an increased hereditary risk factor have a very difficult decision to make. These women can opt to keep their natural breasts and take a wait and see approach or they can be very proactive and have a mastectomy then breast reconstruction to decrease that risk. The later plan of action has gotten a lot of press recently due to Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy because of her increased risk of developing breast cancer.
According to a recent article in the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons newsletter,
the 37 year-old Jolie faced an 87% higher risk of developing breast cancer. She has a family history of the disease. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was 56. Her grandmother and an aunt lost battles with ovarian cancer at early ages as well.
According to the article, Jolie’s prep time for the mastectomy was about three months. She chose to try and save her nipples, which was the first step. Then the actual mastectomy was performed. The last cosmetic surgery procedure was actually inserting breast implants to recreate the look of her breasts.
The new cohesive silicone gel breast implants which retain their shape better, look and feel more natural and have a minimal risk of rupturing are becoming the most popular choice for women when it comes to breast implants. There are many other silicone and saline breast implant choices available as well.
If you suspect you have an increased risk of developing breast cancer or are facing a mastectomy, talking with an experienced, board-certified cosmetic surgeon about your options can help make the difficult decisions a little easier. Facing breast reconstruction takes a lot of bravery, and you shouldn’t have to face it alone.
[tags]Breast Reconstruction, Breast Implants, Cohesive Gel Silicone Breast Implants[/tags]