There has been a lot of buzz in the mainstream media about celebrities announcing their battles with breast cancer and opting to undergo a double mastectomy procedure. The most recent and jaw-dropping announcement was by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie.
Mastectomy is A Huge Decision
She isn’t the only one that has gotten media attention for baring her journey through breast cancer. Sharon Osbourne, and CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin are also known for going public about their battle with breast cancer.
For women who have breast cancer, a mastectomy is a life-changing decision. The process of chemotherapy and the fear of remission can be emotionally exhausting. On top of that, the idea of a mastectomy can bring any woman to despair.
But there is still hope!
The advances of the medical world and the breakthroughs in regenerative medicine provide cancer survivors with a new found hope. The hope of keeping their femininity even if they have to struggle and fight for their health.
Options for Breast Reconstruction
There are two different options for women seeking breast reconstruction after mastectomy. One option is getting breast implants.
The other option is undergoing a fat transfer procedure. There are many pros and cons to either procedure and you can see them here.
Want to Learn More?
In addition to the two breast reconstruction methods discussed above, there are also other options for rebuilding the breasts after a mastectomy including the flap method. It’s important to carefully consider all the options and decide with your plastic surgeon which method is right for you.
It’s especially helpful to discuss these issues prior to your mastectomy, if possible, as accommodations for future reconstruction can sometimes be made by performing a liposuction procedure and banking your fat and stem cells for future transfer to the breasts.
If you are interested in learning more about fat transfer to the breasts, contact our fat transfer surgeons in New York City or Long Island for a free consultation.