If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, facing treatment can be overwhelming. Radiation therapy is an exhausting process, both physically and mentally, and undergoing a mastectomy will change the appearance of your breasts in discouraging ways.
However, today’s breast reconstruction techniques have dramatically improved the process of restoring your breasts after cancer. As a breast cancer survivor, you have the opportunity to transition into your new stage of life with greater confidence than ever.
Breast Cancer Survivors: Know Your Options
According to a survey performed by the Cancer Support Community, 43% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not receive any information about their breast reconstruction options. Many of them are not even informed that breast reconstruction after cancer is covered by medical insurance.
At the Bougainvillea Clinique, Dr. Hartog and his experienced Winter Park breast reconstruction team use 100% natural, scarless fat grafting techniques in our breast reconstruction procedures to provide you with the safest and most precise results. We are dedicated to guiding you through every step of the breast cancer recovery process. Patient education is one of our primary concerns.
Why Choose Scarless Fat Grafting for Your Breast Reconstruction After Cancer?
Traditional breast reconstruction uses breast implants and tissue flaps to re-shape your breasts after the cancer is removed through a mastectomy. This complex method has been successful in the past, but it just as often introduces complications, and can lead to results that look unnatural – especially if you have undergone radiation therapy.
Scarless breast reconstruction with fat grafting does not use breast implants or tissue flaps; instead, your own fat is harvested from a different area of your body, and used to carefully re-create your breasts.
Some of the many advantages of breast reconstruction with fat transfer (also known as “lipofilling”) are:
- No foreign objects are placed inside of your body.
- Since your own tissue is used, your breasts look and feel natural.
- No incisions are made; the procedure is performed with a tiny needle, making it scarless.
- Includes body contouring for further enhancement of your figure.
- Fast recovery (100% outpatient procedure).
- More predictable results.
- ADRC-enriched fat grafts help heal scarred breast tissue.
Dr. Hartog uses the innovative BRAVA® device to expand your breast tissue during your scarless reconstruction procedure. This device improves the circulation in your breast tissue to create the ideal environment for your fat transfer. He also uses the RAFT (Reverse Abdominoplasty with Fat Transfer) procedure in the final stages of breast reconstruction to create the breast fold, which involves tightening your upper abdomen and creating a reverse tummy tuck effect.
A Team Approach to Breast Cancer Recovery
Michelle Hartog, ARNP-C, our patient coordinator and Dr. Hartog’s wife, is a breast cancer survivor herself who recently completed a total scarless breast reconstruction using the fat transfer method. Michelle’s own fight with cancer has made her incredibly passionate about supporting other breast cancer patients as they move through the recovery and reconstruction process.
Our team is committed to providing you with the safest and best breast reconstruction possible. You can trust us to make your comfort and safety our number one priorities.
If you have further questions about breast reconstruction, please contact The Bougainvillea Clinique today or call us at (407) 678-3116 to schedule your confidential consultation. We serve patients in Winter Park, Orlando, and throughout Central Florida. You can also visit our website devoted to scarless breast reconstruction techniques using fat grafting at breastreconstructionandaugmentation.com