A recent study from Wake Forest Medical Center found that breast reconstruction is safe in older women who lost a breast due to cancer. Since the life expectancy of a 60-year-old women is substantial, there is still potential benefit in psychological, social and sexual well-being for an older women after undergoing breast reconstruction. A women’s overall medical condition needs to be considered and the options for reconstruction may be different than in a younger patient, but these details can be decided during a consultation with a Board Certified plastic surgeon and before having a mastectomy.

“Breast reconstruction is one of the most rewarding procedures that I can offer my patients. Most younger and middle-aged women who undergo breast reconstruction are very happy with their choice to do so and feel more whole and feminine. Some of my older patients ask if breast reconstruction is right for them and if their age is a concern. I tell them that they should consider breast reconstruction just like younger women as I find that they experience just as much benefit from going through the reconstructive process. I’m glad to see that this new study confirms the safety of breast reconstruction in older women.”

 Karol A. Gutowski, M.D.

  • Source: The American Surgeon, 2011
  • Image Source: Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net (Unless otherwise noted, all images are models and not actual patients.)
  • Copyright: Karol A. Gutowski, M.D., Chicago, IL, 2011