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Recovering (and reconstructing) after breast cancer

If you were forced to make the bold decision to have a mastectomy, you’ve probably been on an emotional roller coaster as it is. The appearance of your breasts may be the absolute furthest thing from your mind when you are undergoing treatment for breast cancer (or dealing with the threat of it). But once your surgery is over, you might want to get everything back to normal.

After undergoing a double mastectomy, many women opt for breast implants to return their bodies to the same shape they were pre-cancer. Others take advantage of the opportunity to go a size bigger – why not? They DO say there’s always a silver lining…

If you decide to reconstruct your breasts after a mastectomy – whether you decide to go bigger, smaller or stay the same size – the recovery process may take some time. The American Cancer Society reports it can take about eight weeks for bruising and swelling to go away, and as long as two years for the tissues to heal entirely and scars to fade.

Like any other scars, you can lessen their appearance with certain creams. Ask your doctor for some recommendations, but anything with vitamin E is a good idea. This vitamin is renowned for its skin-healing powers.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing