According to a recent survey issued by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), containing the largest member-base of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world, 89 percent of women would like to see the results of breast reconstruction prior to going through treatment for breast cancer. This helps women develop a mental image of the outcomes, prior to treatment and surgery.
The result of the survey has prompted the ASPS to hold a show-and-tell event in line with the BRA Day USA on October 17 in New Orleans.
According to various breast cancer patient organizations, most women want to personally see the actual results of several breast reconstruction procedures and discuss the results with survivors who have gone through the procedure, instead of the usual practice of viewing before and after pictures.
The survey carried out by Harris Interactive also discovered that 23 percent of women are aware of the available breast reconstruction options; 22 percent know the quality of expected results; and 19 percent understand the impact of the timing of breast cancer treatment and the timing of reconstruction to their options and results.
There are various methods used for breast reconstruction, which involves the use of prosthetic material or autologous tissue to create a natural looking breast. Breast reconstruction often consists of creating a natural-looking nipple and areola and involves using relocated flaps of the own tissue of the patient or implants. Taking into account the preferences and condition of the patient, the doctor determines what method is most suitable for breast reconstruction.
The BRA Day USA, launched by the Plastic Surgery Foundation and the ASPS, starts a new campaign to raise awareness on breast reconstruction options.