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More Plastic Surgery after Reconstruction

Posted 10/12/2013

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  As a total unrelated aside, I am in Montreal for a few days with friends and had one of the handful of best dinners of my entire life last night. It was a combination of fantastic food and paired wines, perfect service, good friends, and theater/creativity. If you are planning a trip here and want a recommendation, ask me. And now to the topic of the day:

Every now and then, I come across something that really surprises me. That is good in life, I suspect, and this is one of those moments. Who would have thought that having breast reconsturction is sometimes a motivation to consider more plastic surgery? Bring on the face lifts and chin lifts and whatever they call it around the eyes.

  Here is one cynical thought: I wonder if some of this is due to plastic surgeons suggesting the additional surgery to women. Or whether it really is more related to "Wow, I have new perky breasts, let's try to create a face to match." Those of you who know me are aware that this is one of the very last things in life that I would ever consider doing, but I surely appreciate many women feel otherwise. Here is one of my favorite sayings: "When you are 20, you have the face God gave you. When you are 40, you have the face you have made." And I would add: the face that you have earned.

  Here is the start of the report re additional surgeries and then a link to read more:

Breast Cancer Patients Have Unrelated Plastic Surgery After Reconstruction
Women who've had a mastectomy sometimes seek procedures such as facelifts, study says

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 percent).

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.


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