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What is Autologous Breast Reconstruction?

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 at

The development of breasts is one of the first signs that a girl is transitioning into womanhood. Her breasts will be a symbol of her femininity for the rest of her life. This is a large part of why it’s such an insult to add to the injury of cancer that the most effective remedy for breast cancer is still the complete removal of the breast.

Many women, when diagnosed with breast cancer, feel like they must choose between their life and their femininity, and while the choice is an obvious one, it is unacceptable that anyone should have to make it. Modern breast reconstruction procedures can mean that it’s a choice you don’t have to make.

Dr. Perry Liu has spent much of his professional career, including the better part of his medical education, deeply involved in the reconstructive surgeries necessary for women to take back their femininity from the ravenous jaws of cancer. He is familiar with all the latest techniques and, in fact, through his research has helped to develop and improve many of them. He regularly performs both the more traditional prosthetic breast reconstruction, which involves the use of either silicone or saline implants to rebuild the breast, as well as the more recently developed autologous reconstruction techniques.

Autologous breast reconstruction is when the patient’s own tissues are used to rebuild the breast. Most often the tissue is taken from the patient’s abdomen, although it can be taken from the buttock or thigh if necessary. Some varieties of procedure only partially remove the tissue, leaving the original blood supply attached to the tissue mass, and relocating it under the skin to the breast site. Other techniques involve the complete removal and then reattachment of the donor tissue, which tends to provide a lower chance of tissue loss.

Autologous breast reconstruction has a number of advantages over prosthetic reconstruction. Because the tissue being implanted is your own, there is a much lower risk of infection, and little to no chance your body will reject the tissue, which is a possibility with synthetic implants. Likewise, because your reconstructed breast is made from your own living tissue, it will never deflate or experience any of the other problems specific to saline or silicone implants.

There are a few disadvantages in the autologous reconstruction procedure when compared to the prosthetic one. One disadvantage is that the procedure takes much longer than its prosthetic counterpart — up to 10 hours if both breasts are being reconstructed. Another issue is that you will have scars at the donor site as well as your breasts.

To determine which type of procedure is most suitable for you, book a consultation with Dr. Liu today.

Dr. Perry Liu is a Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon. His skills embody the convergence of art and medicine that is the essence of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Liu is graduate of Duke University, and continued on to medical school at Emory University in Atlanta You can find Dr. Perry Liu on Google+. Dr. Liu is located in Beverly Hills for breast reconstruction services.

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