Breast cancer surgery can be damaging to your self-esteem and affect the way you see yourself, as well as the way you think others see you. Sometimes, it can be difficult to love and embrace your body after mastectomy, even if you’re in good emotional health and have a caring, supporting partner who thinks you’re beautiful. Fortunately, there are tips that can help you cope during this emotional time so you can feel attractive and confident about your body just as you did before surgery.
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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are several tips that can help you cope after breast cancer mastectomy.
Stay positive after your mastectomy
When you’re feeling blue, focus on the positives that came from mastectomy, instead of the negatives. Mastectomy was performed as part of breast cancer treatment to help save your life and improve your overall health and well-being. Now that you’ve treated breast cancer with surgery, you can focus on moving on with your life and setting your sights on the next important life goal you want to accomplish.
Communicate openly with your partner about your mastectomy
Many women who have had mastectomies often feel self-conscious about their bodies in front of their partners, and worry about whether their partners will still find them attractive. Talk openly with your partner about your concerns and fears regarding sexual intimacy before heading to the bedroom. In most cases, your partner will discuss other amazing characteristics you have that make you desirable and attractive.
Do fun, healthy things after your mastectomy
Your life after mastectomy can benefit from new, healthy habits that make you feel vibrant, energetic, and happy about yourself. Adopt a few new lifestyle habits that naturally help relieve stress and lend to improved health and a longer life.
Start exercising more often, and only choose activities you enjoy doing, such as yoga, dancing, or walking. Buy fresh, whole foods such as fruits and vegetables instead of opting for canned or frozen counterparts. The healthier you are, the better you’ll feel about yourself and your surgical outcome.
Consider breast reconstruction
Breast reconstruction surgery uses a combination of plastic surgery techniques to restore one or both breasts using implants or tissue from another area of your body. During this procedure, your plastic surgeon reshapes existing breast tissue and restores breasts to near their normal size, contour, and appearance.
Ideal candidates for breast reconstruction are women whose breast cancer has been seemingly eliminated by mastectomy. If you feel less like yourself and think breast reconstruction can help boost your confidence and self-esteem, this surgery may be ideal for you.
Schedule a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery to learn more about breast reconstruction surgery. Our plastic surgeons are skilled at using breast reconstruction techniques to restore breasts to their natural-looking size and appearance, and can help restore confidence and self-esteem in women who have survived breast cancer.