My patients often mention that some people assume that breast reconstruction is similar to breast augmentation (aka “Boob Job”.)
As a plastic surgeon performing both procedures, I can safely say that the two are incredibly different.
While the goal of breast augmentation is to alter the size and shape of a woman’s breasts, the goal of breast reconstruction is to restore breasts that have been removed. Mastectomy changes more than just the appearance of the breast. The breast skin quality can change, the nipple may need to be removed, and skin sensation is altered. Restoring what has been lost to mastectomy can be challenging.
In addition, the nature of breast reconstruction is that it’s usually staged, which means that in most cases more than one surgery is needed to achieve the best possible outcome. Furthermore, breast reconstruction carries a greater risk of complications.
The emotional impact of mastectomy and reconstruction is perhaps the most significant difference between breast augmentation and breast reconstruction.
Emotions surrounding sexuality, femininity, and motherliness may all be affected by mastectomy. And for those undergoing mastectomy to treat breast cancer, there is the fear of cancer itself.
For those who think that breast reconstruction is just a “Boob Job,”remember that a “Boob Job” does not require your breasts to be removed. The core difference between breast augmentation and breast reconstruction is that only one of these operations follows a mastectomy.
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Breast reconstruction is not a “Boob Job!”