Does Fat Grafting In Breast Reconstruction Patients Increase the Risk for Breast Cancer or its Recurrence?

Breast reconstruction philosophies and techniques have evolved over time aided by major advances. The results have been remarkably improved outcomes that can provide women with more realistic and far better results than were obtainable years ago. These innovations also increase the number of options for each woman thus allowing for…

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“Rare” Case of Size and Symptoms Leading a Woman Seek Breast Implant Removal

In my experience of over 26 years as a plastic surgeon in the Scottsdale and Phoenix Metropolitan area, I have noted that a vast majority of women who have had breast implants placed either for a breast enlargement or breast lift with implants, don’t at some point in time elect…

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Fat Grafting in Breast Reconstruction: A Major Innovation That Can Lead to Great Results

There have been numerous major innovations in breast reconstruction over the last quarter century that have paved the way for dramatic improvements in the final results. Starting with tissue expanders that are designed to stretch out the chest wall tissues in order to accommodate breast implants, to a multitude of…

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Usage of Acellular Dermis In Breast Reconstruction Improves Results and Predictability and Shortens Time For Final Result

Advances in breast reconstruction techniques for the correction of deformities resultant from treatment for breast cancer have shown great potential and results. This specifically relates to the usage of acellular dermis which is specially treated human tissue devoid of cells, infective agents and immunogenic potential (can’t be rejected by one’s…

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Bilateral Tissue Expander Breast Reconstruction With Previous Unilateral Breast Radiation Treatments

In breast reconstruction, the ultimate goal is to recreate a breast that is as close as possible to the remaining breast. Perfect symmetry is naturally impossible. Even in situations where the reconstructed breast may be somewhat “similar” to the remaining breast in appearance in the immediate postoperative period, the two…

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Breast Reduction Surgery Can Serve to Identify Those Women At An Increased Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

In a recent posting, I discussed the need to obtain mammograms for women beyond a certain age prior to undergoing a breast reduction. The reason for is to screen for any abnormalities that may need to be explored further prior to the reduction mammoplasty surgery. It was also noted that…

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Breast Cancer Detected in Specimens Following a Breast Reduction in Women With Normal Mammograms

Prior to undergoing a breast reduction, it is the standard of care to have an up to date mammogram for women of at least a certain age (which can vary). The purpose of this is to screen for any abnormalities that may need to be addressed prior to surgery. If…

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Problems With Tissue Expansion Breast Reconstruction In Previously Irradiated Tissue

Radiation treatment following a mastectomy in the treatment of breast cancer is fairly common. Though refinements have been made in the radiation therapy that have significantly reduced both short and long term sequelae to the skin and underlying tissues, permanent consequences nevertheless exist which will affect the tissue expander breast…

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Are Silicone Breast Implants Associated With a Decreased Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?

Silicone breast implants have been more thoroughly researched over the years than any other medical device. The purpose of many of these studies was to ascertain whether there existed a causal relationship between them and any disease processes. A quite unexpected discovery which has been well documented in several large…

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Breast Reduction: Does It Lower the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?

Breast reduction surgery is an extremely effective and rewarding procedure that many women undergo for the treatment of large, significantly uncomfortable breasts. It entails the removal of an appropriate amount of breast tissue and skin with recontouring in order to alleviate the symptoms. Research studies have shed light on another…

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