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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.