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Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon Uses Fat Transfer to Enhance Breast Reconstruction Outcomes

May 7, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

"Be it large or small volume, I employ some degree of fat transfer for 100% of the breast reconstruction procedures I perform at my practice," writes Philadelphia plastic surgeon Louis Bucky, MD in a recent blog post titled How is Fat Obtained for Breast Reconstruction with Fat Transfer? According to his website, Dr. Bucky utilizes the innovative fat transfer technique to relocate fat in an effort to help fill out and enhance reconstructed br**ts for a more natural look and feel.

In the aforementioned post, the Philadelphia plastic surgeon reveals that liposuction is his procedure of choice for the extraction of fat cells. He says donor sites initially targeted are areas of the body where an excess amount of fat buildup is present; most commonly the hips and stomach regions. If patients do not have a particular area with substantial fat accumulation, Dr. Bucky notes that the volume needed for transfer can be obtained by removing small amounts of fat from multiple areas of the body in order to ensure no one area is "over-harvested" and left with noticeable irregularities.

For breast reconstruction patients without sufficient skin and breast tissue, Dr. Bucky will typically use a presurgical tissue-expansion system called BRAVA®, prior to injecting large volumes of fat into the br**ts. Designed to fit overtop the br**ts, the BRAVA® device applies mild external suction in order to gradually stimulate both skin and tissue expansion. According to Benefits of BRAVA® Prior to Breast Reconstruction -- another recent blog post on Dr. Bucky's website -- two distinct benefits of employing BRAVA® prior to breast reconstruction with fat transfer are:

1. "The BRAVA® device facilitates an increase of blood supply and various growth factors within the br**ts, often enabling the recipient site to accommodate newly-transferred fat more reliably."

2. "The BRAVA® device enables larger quantities of fat to be transferred, typically resulting in greater volume and fullness for the br**ts."

Ultimately, whether breast implants are utilized or not, Dr. Bucky says fat transfer for breast reconstruction patients can help yield the most aesthetically-pleasing, natural-looking results.

About Louis Bucky, MD, FACS

Dr. Bucky graduated from the University of Michigan before earning his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. He then went on to complete both his general and plastic surgery residencies at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a Breast Cancer Reconstruction Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Bucky is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is available for interview upon request.

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