-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Some breast cancer
patients who've had breast reconstruction after mastectomy also
undergo cosmetic surgery in an effort to further boost their
self-image and self-esteem, according to a new study.
Researchers looked at 1,214 women who had breast reconstruction
between 2005 and 2012, and found that 113 of them later had
cosmetic procedures. Of those, 42 responded to a survey asking them
why they decided to have procedures such as liposuction (33
percent), a facelift (19 percent), and eyelid surgery (12
The most common reason given by the women for having cosmetic
surgery was the desire to improve their self-image (62 percent),
with some of them saying they felt more self-conscious about their
appearance after breast reconstruction, according to the study to
be presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society
of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in San Diego.
Most of the women said they had a higher level of body image
satisfaction after cosmetic surgery, but 28 percent said they did
not experience an improvement.
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data
and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in
a peer-reviewed journal.
"Breast reconstruction is transformative in many ways. When a woman faces the prospect of losing a breast, one of the most gratifying things plastic surgeons can offer is the ability to help reconstruct the breast and possibly improve her appearance and restore her self-confidence," study co-author Dr. Liza Wu said in an ASPS news release.
Wu said it's important to note that many women who have breast
reconstruction do not go on to have cosmetic procedures. "But for
those that deem it an appropriate choice, cosmetic surgery can
improve body image satisfaction and may help to further meet their
needs and expectations," she said.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about
breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
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