January 20, 2022 | By Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery

Regaining Self-Confidence After Breast Cancer


Regaining Self-Confidence After Breast Cancer

Approximately 13% of women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer, and many of these women will choose a mastectomy to treat their cancer. During a mastectomy, a breast is surgically removed to get rid of the cancerous cells. While a mastectomy is often life-saving, it can also diminish a woman’s self-confidence and sense of femininity. 

If you’ve recovered from breast cancer, you deserve to feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful. Many women find that after a mastectomy, breast reconstruction can provide a major and positive impact on their self-esteem. 

What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is a surgical strategy that offers women the ability to fill a bra or bathing suit and have a silhouette of a breast without having to utilize a prosthesis in the bra. There are several different methods of breast reconstruction that can be categorized as either implant only, body tissue only, or a combination of implants and body tissue. 

The breast reconstruction techniques performed by Dr. Mosiello include:

The tissue expansion method is one of the most common methods for breast reconstruction. It involves surgically placing a saline expander near the treatment area either at the time of the mastectomy or at a separate surgery after the mastectomy has been done. The expander is gradually filled with saline and the tissue around it stretches. Once the expander has created enough room, the tissue expander is removed and an implant can be placed. 

Latissimus flap breast reconstruction involves removing a large flap of muscle, skin, and fat tissue from the latissimus dorsi muscle of the back, creating a tunnel between the back and breast area and tunneling the muscle flap. An implant can then be inserted through a small incision on the breast if desired.

Breast reconstruction can help you regain confidence after recovering from breast cancer. To learn more about this plastic surgery procedure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mosiello at Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery today!



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I love Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery ~ Dr. Moseillo, Mary, Nancy & Paula. I had breast cancer and reconstruction with Dr. Moseillo several years ago and knew I would never let anyone perform surgery on me other than him. I decided I wanted to do an Upper Blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery). I had the surgery a few months ago, am now at my summer home in Maine and everyone is commenting on how great I look. They have no idea that I had anything done! I keep hearing, “you have amazing eyes”. I am so thrilled with the results, feel 10 years younger and if you’re thinking about this procedure, or any other for that matter, do not hesitate to go to Tampa Palms

Tammy Ahearn

Dr. Mosiello, plain and simply put , is the BEST ! I did a lot of research and he was the one I chose and am very thankful and grateful that I did, as I had consulted with other plastic surgeons from other cancer centers. Dr. Mosiello surpassed in every area. He and his staff truly care and are warm, friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable. Which takes the stress out of any pre surgery or procedure. Knowing you have the best surgeon in your corner is the most important part. Post surgical procedures look amazing and he has saved my life, and has made me whole again. Look no further, he IS the best.

Stacy Kurnot

Dr. Mosiello taught me how to live again after having breast cancer. His staff is truly a blessing. He is an amazing artist and a wonderful Doctor and friend.

Susan Harrigan

I came to Dr. Mosiello’s practice as a reluctant patient who had just been given the diagnosis of breast cancer. I have been in several doctors’ office’s during my diagnosis and treatment and Dr. Mosiello’s office is my favorite. He is a very kind, competent surgeon who patiently answered questions and explained things fully. I was given clear post op directions and checked on by the nurse before my first post op visit and someone was always available if I had a question or concern. His staff is amazing! Melissa, Paula, Mary and Carol are all very personable and caring. This is also an office where I did not wait long periods of time to be seen. Things run smoothly and timely. I would highly recommend Dr. Mosiello to anyone in need of a plastic surgeon.

Melissa H

Dr. Mosiello is an absolute pleasure and privilege to have when in circumstances requiring his knowledge and care. His staff are fantastic as well, all welcoming with a kind smile. Highly recommend this is a doctor and team you can put your trust in.