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6 Things You Need To Know About Breast Reconstruction

breast reconstructionIf you are considering having a breast reconstruction, it is important you know exactly what you are getting yourself into before undergoing the surgery. While there is lots of information abounds about the subject, here are some vital things you should know while preparing for your operation.

1.      Breast Implants Are Not Permanent.
Breast implants do not last a lifetime and require regular maintenance and eventual removal or replacement. The longer you have implants, the more likely you have to have them removed. This point can be a deal breaker for those on a tight budget and to those who don’t want to spend years maintaining their breasts.

2.      You Need To Undergo A Thorough Medical Evaluation.
No matter how common breast reconstruction is, any surgery can give complications, especially if you have unknown medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. So discuss your medical history and inform your surgeon about any breast abnormalities you have so that they can perform the operation with a better understanding of your body.

3.      Know About The Possible Complications And Adverse Outcomes.
Though complications are unlikely after a breast reconstruction surgery, remember that negative outcomes are still a possibility. Possible complications of a breast reconstruction surgery are dimpling, wrinkling and puckering along with possible pain, infection and scar tissue at incision site.

4.      An MRI Every Two Years
As silent ruptures of silicone gel-filled breast implants are quite common because of the implant’s gelatinous nature, you need to undergo an MRI three years after the initial surgery, and every two years after that. As MRIs are for cosmetic procedures, insurance providers do not usually cover its costs. You thus have to pay for the MRIs out of pocket, which can be expensive in the long run.

5.      Cup Size Is Not Important
Buying bras in cup sizes is an inaccurate measurement of your breasts, which is why you can wear a size 34 A bra from one brand and a 36B bra of another brand. If you communicate a breast size, it can mean various proportions and shapes, based on your body’s preference. So do not set your heart for a specific size. Instead, communicate the desired volume and look of your implants to your surgeon so that they have a better understanding of what you require.

6.      Be Ready For Anything
When you plan to undergo a breast reconstruction surgery, you tend to imagine having full and perky breasts after the surgery. However at times, this cannot be achieved only though implants. Your surgeon thus suggests additional breast lift of nipple surgery to get the right look. This means additional expenses, which you should be ready to accept as part of the breast reconstruction procedure.

With the help of this information, you are mentally prepared and more ready to undergo a breast reconstruction surgery.

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