30 January 2024

Breast cancer not only poses physical challenges but also emotional and psychological ones.

For women navigating the journey of breast cancer treatment, the possibility of breast reconstruction is a critical aspect of regaining confidence and normalcy post-mastectomy. Zestlife’s Universal Gap Cover option stands as a beacon of support with its Cosmetic Breast Reconstruction benefit, offering a vital safety net for individuals seeking holistic recovery.

Breast Cancer BlogUnderstanding the Benefit

Surgeons sometimes perform contralateral breast symmetrisation surgery to achieve a symmetrical appearance by addressing the opposite non-affected breast. The surgeon aims to make the new breast match the non-affected breast as closely as possible. But this might not be possible unless you have surgery to the non-affected breast.

The Cosmetic Breast Reconstruction benefit specifically addresses the need for reconstructive surgery of the non-affected breast following a single mastectomy due to breast cancer diagnosed after the policy’s commencement date.

This cover steps in to bridge the gap left by medical aids, ensuring individuals have access to the necessary procedures without bearing the entire financial burden themselves.

Bridging the Financial Gap

One of the most daunting aspects of reconstructive surgery can be its cost. Medical aids often cover some aspects of breast reconstruction, but they frequently consider the reconstruction of the non-affected breast as cosmetic and may not fully cover it. Zestlife Universal Gap Cover recognises this gap and offers a benefit for the amount not covered by medical aid up to a maximum of R25 600 for each individual insured. This alleviates the financial strain, making these critical procedures more accessible and empowering individuals to make choices aligned with their recovery.

Terms and Considerations

It’s important to note that this cover is not renewed after claim payment and does not extend to subsequent breast reconstruction treatment costs. Zestlife Universal Gap Cover provides support for this specific phase of reconstruction, ensuring that individuals can benefit from this financial  assistance when they need it the most.


Zestlife Universal Gap Cover’s Breast Reconstruction benefit serves as a testament to its commitment to holistic well-being. By addressing the financial gap in cosmetic breast reconstruction following a single mastectomy, it empowers individuals to pursue recovery without undue financial strain. This support not only aids in physical recovery but also contributes significantly to emotional and psychological healing, allowing individuals to regain confidence and normalcy in their lives.

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Author - Elize Kruger

Elize Kruger

Elize Kruger, Digital Strategist and Content Creator

Elize is a seasoned public relations and content writer with over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. She plays a crucial role in developing and promoting informative content by effectively using the rich expertise and knowledge of key individuals within Zestlife. Elize is closely involved with product development and keeps up to date with insurance industry trends and business development. She is passionate about creating educational content and is dedicated to providing valuable insights to Zestlife’s growing audience.