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3 Important Questions To Ask Before A Breast Enhancement After A Lumpectomy

If you have recently had a lumpectomy due to a suspicious growth in one or both breasts, that important procedure may have left you with distorted or uneven breasts. Fortunately, you have the option of breast enhancement surgery to give you back your healthy and attractive bosom. 

When Can You Safely Undergo A Breast Enhancement?

Obviously, most women want their breast enhancement as soon as possible after the lumpectomy. However, most plastic surgeons  recommend  that you wait at least six months after the tissue removal to undergo any cosmetic procedures. 

By doing so, it allows the breast enough time to heal completely and scar tissue to form. Because scar tissue typically has a thicker and more fibrous texture, it is not unusual to remove it and replace it with fat or muscle tissue from another part of your body. If you do an enhancement too soon, you may not like the results a few months down the road.       

What Options Are Available?

It is important to note that just as every woman is unique, so is her reconstruction plan after a lumpectomy. Although a lumpectomy removes only small amounts of tissue, it may be necessary to remove tissue from multiple cysts or locations. Therefore, you may find that a fat or muscle transfer is a more appropriate option for one breast, while an implant is needed for the other. 

In addition, your surgeon is most likely to look for options that restore or improve your figure. Scarring, dimpling, reduction in mass and restoring balance between the breasts can be achieved through different kinds of procedures. 

Will An Enhancement Increase The Likelihood Of Cancer? 

Having recently undergone the terror associated with a suspicious growth, breast cancer is a common concern. Fortunately, today's enhancement procedures are very safe. Fat and muscle transfers have never been associated with an increased cancer risk, while both saline and silicone implants are considered low-risk.  

Saline implants are made of sterile salt water, but some women have reported that the silicone implants feel more natural because silicone is a thicker substance. Your surgeon will be able to show you the differences between the two and help you make the right choice if implants are needed.

In conclusion, a lumpectomy can change the size and appearance of your breasts. If you are thrilled to be healthy, but unhappy with the physical impact of the lumpectomy, a breast reconstruction procedure is often the best way to regain your confidence. 

For more information, contact a company like the Center For Plastic Surgery.