Breast Reconstruction: Making it Affordable for Every Woman

01-19-2017 8:26 AM

Cancer and treatment can take its toll on any survivor. You may lose your hair, your energy and quite possibly your finances.

So sometimes, breast reconstruction is just the prescription for a woman to feel like herself again.

That’s why The Mary Kay Foundation℠ gave a $10,000 grant to The Plastic Surgery Foundation’s Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund for 2017. Funds are used to help with reconstruction surgery expenses, particularly for uninsured and underinsured women in underserved communities.

That’s why The Mary Kay Foundation℠ gave a $10,000 grant to The Plastic Surgery Foundation’s Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund for 2017. Funds are used to help with reconstruction surgery expenses, particularly for uninsured and underinsured women in underserved communities.

21 questions to ask before having breast reconstruction

  1. Am I good candidate for breast reconstruction?
  2. Are there any new techniques I should know about?
  3. What are all my breast reconstruction options?
  4. Which reconstruction option is best for me, and why?
  5. How many surgeries will my breast reconstruction require?
  6. What is recovery like and how long will it take?
  7. Do you have before-and-after photos for different procedures that I can look at?
  8. What are the potential risks, side effects and complications of each type of reconstruction?
  9. How many and what kind of procedures do you do a year?
  10. When will I be able to return to my normal routine (go back to work, return to my normal physical activities, exercise, etc)?
  11. Will the reconstructed breast match my remaining breast in size?
  12. Can you connect me with other women who have had the same surgery?
  13. How long will the implant last? (If you're having an implant)
  14. What kinds of changes to the breast can I expect over time?
  15. What happens if I gain or lose weight?
  16. Should I have my other breast removed?
  17. Will any of my chest muscles be removed?
  18. Will any lymph nodes under my arm be removed?
  19. What is the difference between natural tissue and implants? Which choice will look more like a natural breast?
  20. How much help will I need when I come home?
  21. How can I prepare myself emotionally for the surgery?

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Stacy Graves is contributing editor of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ blog. Stacy loves to hear from you. You can connect with her at stacy@wordcoaching.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest.