A bilateral mastectomy is the removal of both breasts and is performed when a woman is diagnosed with cancer in both breasts or in only one breast and she chooses to undergo a bilateral mastectomy to remove both breasts.
Rates of bilateral mastectomies are on the rise for women with cancer in one breast. In a five year period in the last decade, the rate of bilateral mastectomies more than doubled.
One of the reasons for the rise in bilateral mastectomies may simply be peace of mind because women fear developing cancer in the healthy breast. Others may wish to have both breasts reconstructed at the same time for a more balanced appearance. Although with modern techniques, reconstruction of a single breast can be made to look quite natural.
If you are concerned about choosing a single or bilateral mastectomy, it is important to talk openly with your doctors about your concerns in order to fully understand your options and the risks involved.
At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, we help women through the process of breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Call us at 720-457-4461 to schedule your consultation with an experienced Denver breast reconstruction surgeon.