Reasons Why Undergo a Breast Reconstruction Surgery

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the total count of breast reconstruction procedures performed in the U.S. in 2014 was 286,254. Breast reconstruction, clinically called augmentation mammoplasty, which has been the number one cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S. since 2005, is the surgical placement of implants in a woman’s breasts. It is intended to improve/restore symmetry or increase fullness of the breasts, enlarge naturally small breasts, or restore breast volume, which is greatly affected by pregnancy, weight reduction, breast cancer surgery or mastectomy. Besides these reconstructive or medical reasons, there are also personal ones which make some women decide to undergo the procedure, like the desire to look younger, boost their self-esteem, boost their sex life and, according to some, to make their clothes fit better.

The Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) website affirms that breast reconstruction is still the most common kind of cosmetic surgery. In 2015, more than 280,000 women and teenagers underwent surgery to have their breasts enlarged with silicone or saline implants and about 106,000 breast cancer patients had reconstruction after mastectomy, often with implants. The popularity of breast augmentation has nearly tripled since 1997, when there were just over 101,000 of these procedures.

Breast implants, which last about 10 years, have an outer layer that is made of firm silicone, while its inside may be filled with silicone gel, saline solution or salt water, or a composite of alternative substances.

In its website, the Bergman and Folkers Cosmetic Surgery says that breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure. Though it can be performed for corrective purposes, it cannot correct pendulous or sagging breasts. To restore the youthful firmness and shape of breasts, breast mastopexy or a breast lift will first be required; only after this may breast reconstruction be performed.

Despite some of the risks associated with breast reconstruction procedures (well, any surgical procedure poses some kind of risk), this type of cosmetic surgery is safe, thus, the more than quarter of a million women undergoing it every year.

However, before finally deciding whether one should undergo breast reconstruction and which implant to choose, it is necessary to discuss things first with a trained and certified cosmetic surgeon, especially if one wants it simply because she wants to look better and she has seen how the procedure has really had great results in others.


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