Breast reconstruction may be done with artificial implants or autologous tissue (skin, fat, muscle) typically from the patient’s back, inner thigh, buttocks, and belly as material for reconstructed breast. This method has become increasingly safer and often provides better cosmetic results since a reconstructed breast from one’s own tissue feels more natural. Successful autologous reconstruction can also last a lifetime, whereas artificial breast implants must be replaced at 10-20 year intervals. However, reconstruction with self-tissue requires more recovery time at the hospital. Other pros to using self-tissue include adaptability to weight changes in the body and better tolerance to radiation therapy. However, autologous tissue reconstruction has been the less preferred method for many women according to Dr. Reshma Jagsi’s latest study on breast reconstruction trends.
March is a great month to CHECK YOUR BOOBIES:
- Enjoy a little linguistic fun. March forth and CHECK YOUR BOOBIES on the only day that is also a command! (March 4)
- Don’t rely on the luck of the Irish – CHECK YOUR BOOBIES on St. Patrick’s Day. (March 17)
- Do you prefer day or night? On the equinox, you have equal choice of both, so CHECK YOUR BOOBIES at your favorite time! (March 21)