Options for breast reconstruction after mastectomy, including tissue, fat, and implant-based breast reconstruction after cancer. NYC & Long Island surgery centers.

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Breast cancer is a disease that robs. It robs us of our security, our health, and can rob us of our life. For those who have won the battle and come out on top, breast cancer may have also robbed them of their appearance due to the loss of one of both breasts.

Single or double mastectomy is one of the unfortunate outcomes of some breast cancer stories. However, for women who wish to reconstruct their breasts, there are several options open to them … and they don’t all end with the implantation of silicone or saline breast implants.

Here are several options for breast reconstruction after mastectomy that do not involve breast implants.

Tunneling and Free Flap Procedures

Both these techniques require the special training and experience that only a highly-qualified, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon has. In conjunction with the patient’s oncologist, on the day that mastectomy is performed, or some months afterward, either of these two surgical procedures can be utilized.

Tunneling Technique

  • A section of tissue is transplanted to the breast.
  • The new tissue’s blood supply is maintained by remaining attached to its original blood supply.
  • Creating a “tunnel” under the skin of the breast, the tissue (with its blood supply intact) is transplanted to the breast area.

Free-Flap Technique

  • A section of tissue is transplanted to the breast.
  • The new tissue is disconnected from its original blood supply.
  • The blood supply is re-established to the tissue using blood vessels in the chest area once it has been transplanted to the breast.

Breast Reconstruction Using Fat Transfer

Another technique being widely used by plastic surgeons for reconstruction of the breasts is the fat transfer technique:

  • Excess body fat is removed via liposuction from another area of the body where fat is plentiful (hips, buttocks, thighs, or abdomen).
  • The fat is purified and sent to an FDA-registered laboratory where it is processed and cryogenically stored for later use.
  • Once the plastic surgeon and oncologist have given the all clear for fat transfer, the fat is sent to the plastic surgeon’s office for injection.
  • Fat is injected in stages, also called a “layered autologous fat transfer,” to increase the size of the breast and reshape it over a period of months.
  • Once the fat has been placed in the breast(s), it establishes its own blood supply, nourishing the new fat tissue in its new “home”.

If you have been affected by breast cancer and lost one or both of your breasts, we’re here to help you regain the breasts that cancer robbed you of. Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons are experienced in breast reconstruction using several different techniques, including fat transfer and breast implants.

Call us in Commack, Long Island or New York City for a free consultation, discussion of your individual situation, and to answer all of your questions. We’re here to help you through the final steps of restoring your body after breast cancer.



*The surgeon’s qualifications described in this post may not accurately reflect who we have on staff currently. Please visit our “About the Doctors” page or call our office for specific information about our current surgical staff.