Characteristics of a Suitable CandidateWomen who have had one or both their breasts removed after breast cancer, are usually ideal candidates for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery. The reconstructive procedure can be performed simultaneously with the mastectomy. Alternatively, a candidate can also choose to have it done after her recovery from breast cancer treatment and mastectomy. Irrespective of when the breast reconstructive plastic surgery is performed and what technique is used, surgeons recommend candidates to have reasonable expectations from the procedure. Patients should know that breast reconstruction will not be able to fully incorporate the look or feel of natural breasts. However, the procedure can be very helpful in restoring a woman’s self-esteem with regard to her general breast appearance. A surgeon will also inform the patient at the outset that not all women who have undergone breast removal will be ideal candidates for reconstructive surgery.
Ideal CandidatesPatients with the following attributes may be ideal candidates for breast reconstruction:
- A patient who wants corrective surgery to restore the shape and size of one or both breasts
- A patient who is completely free of cancerous tissue
- A patient who has responded to breast cancer treatment and mastectomy surgery positively
- A patient who does not smoke, and does not have diabetes or heart disease
- A patient who is agreeable to extended time commitments and multiple procedures
- A patient with realistic expectations