Fat Grafting after a Mastectomy

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Dr. Daniel Calva, Plastic Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, says after a mastectomy or a lumpectomy they are dealing with more scar tissue and more radiation induced. “Radiation can induce a fibrotic reaction of the tissues; there are skin changes with hyperpigmentation, and so we can reconstruct that breast using this technique with fat grafting, which has stem cells and has regenerative properties.”

He explains with this technique they can reverse a lot of the fibrosis and hyper pigmented changes of the skin, and they can fill that whole after the lumpectomy.

Transcript
But what about after a mastectomy or lumpectomy does it differ doctor Calva? > It differs in the sense that you’re dealing with more scar tissue with more radiation induced especially after the lumpectomy because the treatment of choice with breast conservation surgery which is that lumpectomy, where you’re removing only the cancer you’re leaving everything else behind, and to prevent local recurrence of that cancer in the breast you typically have to radiate the patient. So radiation can induce a fibrotic reaction of the tissues, there’s skin changes with hyperpigmentation, and so we can reconstruct that breast using this technique with fat grafting. Fat grafting has stem cells has regenerative properties. > So they can really reverse a lot of the fibrosis they can reverse a lot of those hyper pigmented changes of the skin, and we can fill that whole after the lumpectomy. > No worries here I’m gonna give you a bottled water. > I have one. > Right, okay. Srink some water and I’m gonna go now to Dr. Corey. Dr. Corey what about someone that maybe is undergoing radiation treatments or has undergone still options for them as well? > Well fat grafting actually reverses the fibrosis of radiation. Radiation kills everything kills the cancer cell but also kills the cells responsible for the normal upkeeping of the tissue, the normal turnover of cells, and so the tissues just wither away because they not replace their old. And fat harvested through liposuction re-injected they’re replenishes the supply of healthy cells. So one or two sessions of fat grafting brings back the tissue back to normal. So we’re able to Reggie to reverse the radiation damage with fat grafting, as a matter of fact so it’s really a great thing to do it so it’s probably one of the best and most interesting innovations in our special the past few years. Realized that we can reverse radiation problem, the fibrosis of radiation is reversible through fat grafting and so the ladies that come with lumpectomies and the deform breast because shrunk it, and with time gets worse, so it shrinks and shrink the fat grafting… I mean radiation is that gift that keeps on giving with the years it gets worse and so we can return all reverse this process by simply injecting fat. So we see a lot of ladies with depressed cars from radiation and get back at bouncy health see soft.
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