If breast cancer becomes a reality, and due to a lumpectomy or mastectomy, breast reconstruction is desired, patients need to be aware of the options that are currently available. In addition to the more common implants and flaps that have been used for years, a more recent development is breast regeneration.
Subcutaneous fat tissue obtained from the other regions of the patient’s body is implanted into the breast. In some cases the fat cells are enriched with concentrated stem cells, theoretically improving the viability of the transplant.
The accompanying chart discusses the differences in the three approaches to breast reconstruction. Of course those considering alternatives should seek additional input from their medical team.