Angelina Jolie seems to hit the headlines fairly often supporting human issues, and specifically women’s issues. However, she’s not usually as much at the center of the story as she was this week when she revealed that she had undergone a double mastectomy in order to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer.
This in itself is a pretty staggering piece of news, but it also comes in the same week as the trial of PIP boss Jean-Claude Mas, as part of the management team being charged with aggravated fraud. As the BBC News website succinctly puts it, “The sale of faulty implants caused a global health scare with an estimated 300,000 women in 65 countries affected.”
A preventative mastectomy removes tissue and blood vessels that may become cancerous. Unfortunately, the result often turns women away from what can be a life-saving surgery. But it need not; breast reconstruction is a vital part of the process, and will usually involve implants. While the bad press generated by the PIP implant scandal doesn’t help, they are universally accepted by plastic surgery professionals as being perfectly safe.
Implants help many women regain their feeling of femininity which, despite what Angelina has said about her own experience, is a concern for many women undergoing mastectomy. For Angelina, she seemed to go into the procedure and reconstruction with a positive attitude, seeing it as a way to prevent cancer rather than as a reaction to actually developing it.
In the caring hands of a skilled surgeon sensitive to your needs, and as part of a planned series of procedures, as in Angelina Jolie’s case, the results can be stunning. For those who are in any doubt or who would like reassurance that their implants are safe, then they should consult with a qualified plastic surgeon. Dr. Vitenas and his team are available to answer questions and concerns and advise patients on the best treatment approach for their individual needs.
To learn more about any aspect of cosmetic and plastic surgery, including breast reconstruction or breast implant revision surgery, contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery of Houston, Texas, at (281) 407-7428.