When Angelina Jolie decided to get a double mastectomy, she chose to get implants. But there's a new option for those interested in using their own tissue to reconstruct the breast.
It's all thanks to a breakthrough procedure, taking fat from one part of the body, and using it to replace breast tissue that's been removed.
"They look really natural. That's the part that's really amazing. I've ran in to somebody not too long ago, and they had no idea that I'd been through this," explains breast cancer survivor Michelle Hartog.
Michelle didn't get implants. Rather, her husband, a physician himself, offered his wife a new little-known option.
"This is about as close as we can come to replacing a breast," says Dr. Jeffrey Hartog. "I think this is becoming more and more a choice that may be at the top of the list."
Dr. Hartog just learned about the procedure: naturally reconstructing breasts, using a woman's own fat cells.
"The biggest instrument I use is a needle, so this is a scarless technique, no new scars. We basically do liposuction, then re-inject fat in the right way."
Instead of tossing the thick yellow fluid, it's processed and transformed into a desirable filler, which is re-injected into the body.
Surgeons add the fat a little at a time. Patients must make multiple visits, to get their desired shape and size.
"There are people that have come in here that want an immediate fix. And really, if you want a quick fix, this is definitely not the way to go," Michelle says.
"If you want a fix that is relatively complication-free and you don't spend a lot of time in the hospital, and you want to use your own tissue and not have an implant done -- then it's perfect."
For more information:
DR BART RADEMAKER - Rejuva Med Spa Address: 11932 Sheldon Rd, Tampa, FL 33626 Phone:(813) 792-7389 http://myrejuvacenter.com/
DR JEFFREY HARTOG The Bougainvillea Clinique Address: 4355 Bear Gully Road | Winter Park, FL 32792 Phone: (866) 985-4741 http://www.lookandfeelbetter.com/bio.htm
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