Tag Archives Breast Reconstruction

fat transfer

Excess fat deposits on your butt, stomach or thighs can now be used to enhance your face or breasts, or even stored away in a "fat bank." Slight swelling and bruising can sometimes occur after fat transfer procedures, but more serious side effects are quite rare. The regenerative potential of stem cells from extracted fat is huge, and we are just…

Uneven Breasts

Symmetry is something of a myth when it comes to breast size. All breasts, including those that are symmetrical, fluctuate in size during ovulation, pregnancy, and menstruation. Surgical options for uneven breasts include fat transfer, mastopexy, and breast implant surgery. Maybe one of your breasts appears perkier than the other, or perhaps one sags a bit more or one nipple…

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy

Women undergoing the surgical removal of one or both breasts may have the option of preserving the nipple and areola through a technique known as nipple-sparing mastectomy. During the procedure, the breast tissue beneath the nipple must be checked for cancerous cells -- if no cancer is detected, the nipple can be spared. Anyone facing a mastectomy or immediate reconstruction should…

Tissue Expanders

During the process of breast reconstruction, tissue expanders help the body to safely rebuild. The procedure can be done at the same time as a mastectomy or after a mastectomy has healed. Tissue expanders are eventually replaced with permanent breast implants. Complications are possible but rare. What are tissue expanders? For some women, treatment for breast cancer requires a mastectomy,…

Breast Augmentation

The Keller Funnel is a device used during breast reconstruction or augmentation to insert silicone gel breast implants. Implant placement via the Keller Funnel allows for smaller incisions, shorter surgery time, and faster healing. Plastic surgeons prefer the Keller Funnel because its specialized no-touch technique reduces the risk of bacterial contamination and capsular contracture. What is the Keller Funnel? The…

Polands Syndrome

Poland syndrome is a rare, congenital condition characterized by a sunken or underdeveloped chest and hand abnormalities. Researchers believe that Poland syndrome is caused by a lack of blood flow during embryonic development, which stops the chest, arm and hand from growing. The gold standard of Poland syndrome treatment is plastic surgery, and there’s a variety of options available to…

Flap surgery is fundamental to a number of reconstructive and plastic surgery procedures. While the list of flap surgeries is long, they all stem from the same basic principles. Flap surgery isn’t just for the skin; it can also be applied to the gums and eyes. Breast reconstruction using tissue from the abdomen or back. Gum surgery to treat periodontitis.…

3D-Printed Breast Implants

Researchers are currently developing new breast implants using 3D printing. MATTISSE implants are made of a bioabsorbable shell filled with fat cells. The shell is absorbed by the body, leaving only the implanted fat in the breast. Since physicians first began working on the concept of surgically enhancing the size of breasts in the late 1800s, they have experimented with…

Breast Cancer Gene

A strong family history of cancer is a good reason to get tested for the breast cancer gene. The presence of this gene increases your risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer by 3 to 7 times. To reduce risk, a common preemptive option is the removal of breast tissue and subsequent reconstruction. We all inherit DNA from our family.…

Breast Cancer Gifts

When a friend or family member is diagnosed with breast cancer, we often feel powerless about what to say or do. Numerous studies have found that cancer survivors who have a vital emotional support system tend to adjust better to the disruption that cancer imposes upon their lives. Don’t forget that the best gift of all is your time and…

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