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Plastic surgeons perform many breast reconstructions

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Considering the various career paths that plastic surgeons can take, it may be surprising to discover that so many end up specializing in breast reconstruction surgery.

A recent article on a women's website called EmpowHer noted that some plastic surgeons choose this career path based on a deep-seated belief that cancer survivors deserve the option to have procedures that recreate their original breast tissue.

The news source profiled Dr. Loren Eskenazi and her colleagues at San Francisco's surgical center, Women's Plastic Surgery. In addition to performing augmentations and congenital deformity corrections, many doctors at the facility do breast reconstructions because, as their website states, they know where women are coming from when it comes to issues of self-image.

"In addition to being diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening disease, [a woman] also must face the loss of her breast, which for many women conjures up thoughts such as disfigurement and loss of sexuality," the center's website states, adding that "this does not need to be the case."

Breast reconstruction is becoming more and more common. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that more than 57,000 such operations are performed each year in the U.S.

Enns C. Plastic Surgeons' Career Choices. EmpowHER. April 28, 2011. http://www.empowher.com/beauty/content/plastic-surgeons-career-choices Accessed May 18, 2011.

http://www.womensplasticsurgery.com/reconstruction.html Accessed May 18, 2011.

Controversial Fat Injections Can Improve Breast Reconstruction; Jury's Out On Augmentation. Oct 9, 2008. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081008114408.htm Accessed May 18, 2011.

Extract: Considering the various career paths that plastic surgeons can take, it may be surprising to discover that so many end up specializing in breast reconstruction surgery.

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