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Lumpectomy Breast Reconstruction: Fat Grafting

March 27th, 2017

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Lumpectomy Breast Reconstruction: Fat Grafting

It’s a cloudy Monday, but here’s an uplifting story to start off your week. Meet Kristina, breast cancer survivor and our patient choosing fat grafting for restoration after her lumpectomy and radiation treatment she received following a breast cancer diagnosis. She shares her personal story of survival in an effort to restore her self-confidence by erasing the physical reminders of her illness. Clips of surgery show how the fat transfer technique is accomplished by Dr. Bashioum. Watch this previously Twin Cities Live episode filmed at KSTP-TV Studios, St. Paul.

Thank you to Kristina for sharing her touching story of healing and triumph. She is truly an inspiration.
Photo: the afternoon set of KSTP TV Twin Cities Live, with co-hosts Elizabeth and Steve.

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Difference in Breast Size: What to do?

March 15th, 2017

breast asymmetry treatmentMy breasts are different, is there anything I can do to correct this problem? Questions about the differences in size and shape are concerns that many patients share. It is certainly normal to have differences or asymmetry between paired body parts. One foot is usually larger than the other, one side of the face is slightly different than the other, and one of your breasts is usually slightly lower or larger than the other. These subtle differences, particularly in your face, are what make all of us unique and interesting.

The difference in breast size or shape can be the result of a number of things. Puberty can be a particularly awkward time for teenagers and it is common for breast tissue to mature asymmetrically. These differences generally resolve with time and if desired, specialized undergarments may be worn in the interim to appear less noticeable. However, when the difference is considerable and persists past puberty, cosmetic surgery may be considered to correct dramatic differences in breast size or shape. I strongly suggest patients schedule a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss their options. Treatment choices may include a procedure such as liposuction, breast augmentation, breast reduction, or liposuction with fat grafting. This is not a “one size fits all” solution. In addition, adolescent males may also develop unwanted breasts (gynecomastia) and liposuction is generally an effective treatment. See more information here.

Lumpectomy may also result in uneven breasts, due to biopsy and/or excision of a tumor. Fat grafting has been an effective way to use a woman’s own fat to plump up and correct a dimple left from the surgery. Although this dimple might be slight, it can often be a reminder of a possible cancer diagnosis and some women chose a cosmetic surgery remedy to erase that reminder to help them move forward. More information here, including a video of a cancer survivor’s triumph appearing with Dr. Bashioum on a prior Twin Cities Live episode. Special thanks to Kristina again for sharing her story, she is an inspiration.

Unfortunately, it is not realistic to make both sides of your body exactly the same in every respect. We all have some degree of asymmetry; it’s actually quite natural. But if you are unhappy with your appearance, my advice to you is to seek a personal consultation from the experts, because life is too short to be miserable.

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