A recent study, although small, lends to the existing data demonstrating the benefits of breast reconstruction following mastectomy. This study posed questions to 96 women who had undergone mastectomy followed by immediate breast reconstruction. Overall, the findings showed that the majority of the women felt breast reconstruction was an important way to maintain a positive body image following mastectomy.
The researchers concluded that the majority of the women in this study agreed that their femininity, sexuality and intimate relationships were maintained by opting for breast reconstruction:
- After the reconstruction, 86 percent of the women felt their breasts were as important to their confidence as before reconstruction
- After the reconstruction, 61 percent of the women felt their breasts were as important to their sexuality as before reconstruction
- After the reconstruction, 84 percent of the women felt their breasts were as important to their femininity as before the reconstruction
In the questions posed to the women, they were asked to answer using a 5-answer scale ranging from "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree." Women older than 50 in the study were less likely to agree that their breasts were a significant factor in their femininity. Also, women with a Body Mass Index over 30 were less likely to say that their partner's opinion of their breasts affected their confidence.
Deciding whether to undergo breast reconstruction and when to undergo it is a deeply personal decision. The board-certified plastic surgeons and the experienced staff at The Breast Center – Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery are here to offer guidance and information as you make your decision. To schedule a consultation in Lone Tree, Colorado, please call us at (720) 457-4461.