The majority of your natural breast tissue is fat, so in order to achieve a natural-looking and natural-feeling reconstructed breast it makes sense to use fat. However, breast reconstruction with fat grafting poses a number of challenges. First, a suitable breast must be prepared to receive the fat. Next, you must have a suitable donor region. Finally, you have to have a technique that ensures transplanted fat will survive to maintain the attractive and natural breast you desire.
The first problem has seemed one of the hardest to overcome. In the past, the only good ways to create a breast mound were using a transplanted flap or using an internal tissue expander. When a tissue expander was used, the space it created was best suited to the placement of a breast implant, rather than fat grafting. Now, though, this problem has been solved by using an external tissue expander, the BRAVA Breast Enhancement and Shaping System. The BRAVA system applies constant, even pressure that can create a suitable skin envelope to accept fat.
Liposuction is then used to remove fat from areas where you feel you have excess fat, giving you the benefit of body contouring. The fat is then treated and injected into the skin envelope. Recent innovations in fat grafting techniques, Dr. Antonio Gayoso’s practiced touch, and the nature of the natural skin envelope all work together to increase the survival rate of grafted fat, leading to a high rate of success in creating a natural-looking and -feeling reconstructed breast.
Whether you have just been diagnosed with breast cancer or have already undergone a mastectomy, you are likely a candidate for breast reconstruction with fat grafting. To learn more about this procedure, please contact Gayoso Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.