Risk-reducing surgery is a big step to take and it can cause many different emotions and feelings. There may be a sense of relief when the surgery is over, but it can still take some time for you to get used to your new appearance. You will already have had a lot to cope with; learning that your family has a strong history of breast cancer, and worrying about your own children and other members of your family. Some women feel the emotional effects more than others.
Many women say that their anxiety about developing breast cancer is greatly reduced by having risk-reducing breast surgery. In fact many would recommend surgery to women in a similar situation to themselves. However, they may still have feelings of loss for their previous appearance and sense of health.
There are people and organisations that can help you talk through and deal with any feelings and emotions you may have. Your breast care nurse can discuss your situation with you, and you can also contact one of the useful organisations listed on our database.