Women who undergo a mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis are often faced with endless decisions. Naturally, one of the most difficult deals with whether or not to undergo reconstruction surgery.
According to the New York Times
, new studies have shown that women who choose to have silicone implants as opposed to saline are happier with the results.
"By the time women get to choosing the implant type, this is yet another decision in their treatment that they are faced with," Dr. Colleen McCarthy, a reconstructive surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, told the news outlet. "They ask, 'What would you do? What do women tell you?' We didn't have the answers."
McCarthy surveyed more than 400 breast cancer patients who had undergone reconstruction surgery, and asked about their results. Those who had silicone breast implants reported less wrinkling and greater satisfaction with their overall appearance.
While breast reconstruction after cancer leads to extremely happy results, doctors emphasize that the process usually takes multiple surgeries to complete.