Many women choose breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy or lumpectomy to restore their breasts. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Franklyn Elliott has over 25 years of experience with breast reconstruction procedures and understands that surgery is unique for each individual. Patients may choose to have breast reconstruction surgery immediately after breast cancer is removed or anytime after depending on their individual treatment plan. As he often discusses in blogs, there are several options for breast reconstruction including tissue flap reconstruction, DIEP flap, latissimus dorsi flap, acellular dermal matrix, and fat transfers.
Through years of surgical experience and refined breast techniques, Dr. Elliott has found fat transfers advantageous in completing and improving the final results of breast reconstruction. For instance, TRAM flap reconstruction uses skin, fat, blood vessels and muscle from the abdomen, back, thighs or buttock to replace breast tissue that has been removed. Fat transfer can complement a TRAM flap procedure and other reconstructive options to provide smooth, natural-looking results. A fat transfer uses liposuction to remove fat from an area of the body such as the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs to re-inject into another area of the body. Patients benefit from fat transfer combined with breast reconstruction as it involves fewer steps and decreases potential risks.
Well-respected by his peers, Dr. Elliott often travels to world renowned plastic surgery conferences to discuss the latest in breast reconstruction technology and techniques. Dr. Elliott finds fat transfers to be one of the most important breast surgery developments in the past ten years and frequently incorporates them in reconstructive cases.
If you are interested in learning more about breast reconstruction options, please contact Dr. Elliott’s office to schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with Dr. Elliott on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the latest plastic and reconstructive surgery news and information.