Tara lived for a decade with the implants. Around the 10-year mark, Tara noticed her breasts starting to look uneven. After years of being the same size, one breast looked a bit larger than the other. To be on the safe side, she went to see Dr. Chen. Tara was surprised when an MRI showed one of her implants had ruptured. Dr. Chen recommended immediate removal of the implants followed by autologous reconstruction.
Month: December 2018
After a mastectomy, it’s common for women to experience a loss of sensation in the chest area. The reason for the loss of feeling is that during the mastectomy, surgeons cut the sensory nerves when they remove the breast tissue.
For many women, the changes in sensation are permanent, persisting even after reconstruction. While breast reconstruction can restore the shape, size, symmetry and softness of breasts – known as the four “S’s” – reconstruction doesn’t typically focus on the fifth “S,” sensation.
Research shows the number of women choosing reconstruction has risen significantly over the past several decades. In 1998, 46% of women with breast cancer received reconstruction, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that analyzed medical claims from over 20,000 women with employer-sponsored health insurance.1 By 2007, that number had risen to 63%. According to the study, women who have had a bilateral (double) mastectomy were the most likely to seek reconstruction, with three-quarters choosing to restore their breasts.