If your doctor found a tumor on your breast, they will remove it so that they can test it for cancer. During the removal process, your breasts may become damaged in a way that would make it difficult for you to wear a bra, bathing suit, etc. In some cases, the doctor would have to remove your entire breast. If so, the doctor can use breast reconstruction surgery to make your breast look normal again. Below is information about this type of surgery so that you will be ready.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
The breast reconstruction surgery is known as breast implants. There are two different types of breast implants including:
Silicone gel breast implants feel much like your natural breasts. The silicone used comes in different thicknesses with the thickest being called gummy bear implants. This keeps the implants stable as the thickness helps the implant hold its shape. This is even true if the outer shell becomes broken or cut. They are also firm, so this reduces the chances of this type of implant rupturing.
Silicone implants can be placed through an incision made in the breast fold or along your armpit.
Saline implants have a silicone shell that is filled with sterile salt water, and this type of implant has been on the market the longest.
The implant is inserted first and then is filled with the sterile water. How much it is filled depends on how large you want your breast to be. The doctor can make incisions in a variety of places to insert the implants through. This could be in the breast fold, along the armpit, or in through the border of the nipple. This results in you having fewer scars when compared to silicone implants.
No matter what type of implant you choose they come in different sizes and shapes. This allows the doctor to match the implant with your other, natural breast. You can also choose to have a textured or smooth surface.
If your implant ruptures or leaks in the future, you will have to get the implant replaced. If you do have a leak or rupture, you may feel pain in your breast, or your breast may swell. You may also notice the shape and size of the breast is different and feel a tingling or burning sensation in the breast.
Talk with your doctor about this information and they can give you many more details on your breast reconstruction procedure.