Although the connection isn’t obvious, a tummy tuck today could impact breast cancer treatment tomorrow.
Women with a strong family history of breast cancer should share this with their surgeon during their initial abdominoplasty consultation. Because tummy tuck surgery may alter the abdominal muscles, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, in which cancerous tissue is removed and abdominal tissue is transplanted onto the breast area, may no longer be an option if you are diagnosed in the future.
Although this won’t apply to the majority of women, it’s best to err on the side of caution and be candid with your doctor about your family’s health history.
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