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Archives for November 2012

Woman Replaces Silicone Breast Implant with Fat and Muscle Transplant after Second Bout with Breast Cancer

The decision to undergo breast reconstruction after breast cancer is never an easy one to make, but for many women it is an important part of the recovery process. Breast reconstruction can help restore a sense of femininity after a traumatic event like breast cancer.

One woman recently faced the challenge of rebuilding her breasts after a second bout with breast cancer. Sunny Reicks was initially diagnosed with breast cancer at age 24. After a double mastectomy, she got saline breast implants as part of her first reconstruction procedure. Several years later, she replaced these with silicone breast implants after scar tissue had caused her newly reconstructed breasts to become misshapen.

At age 29, Sunny’s breast cancer returned, causing her doctor to remove the silicone breast implants and recommend a series of chemotherapy treatments. Unfortunately, Sunny didn’t have enough tissue left in her chest to allow for the placement of new breast implants.

Instead, Sunny opted for a TRAM flap procedure. This breast reconstruction technique involves removing fat, skin, and a piece of muscle from her abdomen and transplanting it to her breast region. During the procedure, blood vessels are reconnected to ensure the tissue has a proper blood supply.

While this extensive surgery is not for everyone, it can be an excellent alternative to breast implants following a mastectomy. It also provides you with the added benefit of a more tapered abdomen. At your initial consultation, Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger will review all of your breast reconstruction options in detail so that you feel comfortable with your choice.

Please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial breast surgery consultation. Dr. Bottger serves patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Study Reveals Breastfeeding Doesn’t Adversely Impact Breast Appearance

One of the most common questions new breast augmentation patients ask Dr. Bottger during their initial consultation at his Philadelphia plastic surgery office involves the impact of breastfeeding on breast appearance. While it may seem logical that breastfeeding would have a negative impact on the appearance of your breasts, a new study has actually found the exact opposite to be true.

A recent study conducted by a plastic surgeon working at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Ohio evaluated more than 150 pairs of identical twins in order to determine how a variety of external factors impact breast appearance when genetic factors were controlled for.

While twins who had breastfed in the past generally had less attractive areolar size and shape, they experienced better skin quality than their sisters who never breastfed. This finding seems to indicate that the hormones released during breastfeeding may actually improve the skin quality and therefore overall breast appearance.

Clinical data has long demonstrated that breast augmentation rarely impacts a woman’s ability to safely breastfeed in the future. However, breastfeeding may negatively impact your breast augmentation results, even if it does not adversely affect the appearance of unaugmented breasts. Therefore, it is important to discuss your future pregnancy plans with Dr. Bottger before undergoing breast augmentation.

Other findings from the identical twin breast study included:

  • Twins who moisturized their skin daily experienced fewer breast wrinkles
  • Twins who received hormone replacement therapy following menopause experienced a more attractive breast size, shape, and projection
  • Twins with a high body mass index, larger cup sizes, and who went through a greater number of pregnancies had saggy, droopier breasts
  • Twins who smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol regularly had less attractive breasts

If you are interested in breast augmentation in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial consultation.