No one expects to have cancer and have a mastectomy, but it does happen to many women. Perhaps in the past you had considered getting a breast augmentation, but you were never all that serious about it. Now, if you have had a mastectomy, then it most likely is something you definitely would like to consider. Before making a decision, you will need to speak to your oncologist, look at insurance and the costs that this procedure could entail, and you will need to make sure that you have the right mind-set about it.
Going through cancer treatments and surgery to remove your breasts is a major ordeal. Your body will likely need some time to recover before you consider getting a breast augmentation. Some people might choose to have it at the same time as the mastectomy. This is a great option if it works out that way for you. Before you consider having this procedure, it is important for you to talk to your oncologist. He or she will be able to give the okay as to whether or not you are physically ready for such a surgery. He or she may also have some suggestions as to the placement of the implant due to your history of cancer.
If you are considering a breast augmentation after or with a mastectomy, you will definitely want to discuss it with your insurance company. In most cases, this type of surgery would not be covered. In your situation it may be covered since your problem was caused by cancer. Check into the overall cost as well as what insurance will pay.
Your mind-set is a big part of your decision to have a breast augmentation. Having cancer is difficult enough. You might have a hard time overcoming your feelings after your mastectomy. If you think that this procedure will change who you are or do something miraculous for you, you need to get your expectations in the right place before having the surgery. The surgery will give you breasts, and you can probably choose the size, but you will still be the same person. You might feel an increase in confidence, but most likely your life will not change significantly. It is really in your mind-set. The more positive you are with your main expectation being that you will look normal and your best, the better off you will be.
Take the time right now to consider your options. Make sure that your doctors are okay, your finances are okay, and make sure that you are okay emotionally. When you check off these areas, you should be on your way to having a breast augmentation.