Choosing Not to Undergo Breast Reconstruction

It is important to remember that breast reconstruction is not for everyone. Every woman is different, and there is no wrong decision. For some women, reconstruction may not ever be an option for a variety of factors including, but not limited to, their diagnosis or health status. For example, if cancer is advanced, reconstruction may not be recommended; or if a woman is very thin she may not be a candidate for certain procedures.

When presented with the choice, some women elect not to undergo reconstruction for their own personal reasons such as:
  • Focusing on getting back to work and family routines
  • Wanting shorter recovery time from additional surgery and minimal disruption in their schedules
  • Finding it easier to live an athletic lifestyle without breasts
  • Caring more about other things than breast appearance
  • Wanting to get the cancer out and move on
Breast Reconstruction is merely option for you. It is ultimately up to you to decide what is best for you and your future.

As an alternative to reconstruction, breast form, or prosthesis, can be used to simulate the appearance of a natural breast under clothes. It should be professionally fitted once your doctor determines that your mastectomy site has adequately healed.

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