At Real Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, located in Moonee Ponds outside Melbourne, we want people to know that this week Australia will mark Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day.
At Real Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, Dr. Stephen Salerno performs breast reconstruction procedures for women who have undergone cancer surgery. To learn more, contact Real Cosmetic today.
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons hosted the country’s first National BRA Day in 2013. This year BRA Day will be held Nov. 26.
The goal of BRA Day is to point out that Australia has comparatively low reconstruction rates. The day also is designed to promote awareness of breast reconstructions that are performed post-mastectomy.
About Breast Reconstruction
Mastectomy can leave physical and emotional scars – and can be followed by depression or a sense of loss.
Breast reconstruction can help women regain confidence after breast cancer surgery. Research indicates that breast reconstruction provides psychological and physical benefits. These include:
- Improved body image
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Reduced anxiety levels
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding breast reconstruction. We hope you find this information helpful.
Q.) What Is BRA Day?
A.) BRA Day promotes awareness, education and access to care for women who are considering breast reconstruction. In Australia, BRA Day works to shine light on the disparity in access to information and treatment between major cities and more remote areas. BRA Day began in Canada in 2011, the brainchild of a Toronto plastic surgeon.
Despite the physical and emotional benefits women receive from breast reconstruction, just 10 percent of Australian women who underwent mastectomy go on to have reconstruction performed.
For many women, mastectomy is personally traumatic and can lead to depression. Breast reconstruction offers women a chance to regain confidence and self-esteem after breast cancer.
Q.) What Does Breast Reconstruction Do?
A.) This surgical procedure rebuilds a new breast, or breasts, that closely resemble a natural breast, both in form and appearance.
Q.) Am I A Good Candidate For Breast Reconstruction?
A.) Breast reconstruction is not for everyone. It’s best to discuss your options with your surgeon before making your decision. They can help you review your condition and overall health, so the best treatment plan for you can be determined.
Before you go forward with breast reconstruction, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Breast reconstruction typically calls for more than one operation. Some breast reconstructions can be done along with your mastectomy.
- Breast reconstruction may be right for you if you lack other medical conditions or illness that could hinder the healing process.
Q.) When Can My Breast Reconstruction Be Performed?
A.) Breast reconstruction typically follows a mastectomy. Some reconstructions can be done immediately. Others may be performed much later, after mastectomy.
Q.) How Long Must I Stay In Hospital?
A.) Breast reconstruction typically comes with a hospital stay of two to five days.
Q.) What Do I Do Post-Surgery?
A.) Rest and get better. A friend, family member or health worker will need to stay with you for at least a day following surgery. Also, someone will need to drive you home from the hospital.
For most patients, feeling tired and sore after surgery is normal. Your doctor will likely advise you to avoid swimming, playing sports, exercising and heavy lifting for at least two weeks following surgery.
But remember, everyone’s recovery and recovery time is different.
If you have questions about breast reconstruction, or wish to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact Real Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery.