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“After testing positive for a BRCA mutation gene, I decided on preventative surgery. I wouldn’t have trusted any other physicians.”
– Tamara Donovan


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Pioneered at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, the BODY LIFT® allows for a double fat layer in each breast when both breasts are being reconstructed.  This is offered to the thin patient with ample breasts in the setting of bilateral mastectomy when volume preservation and projection are desired, yet the fat deposits in the waist and tummy are minimal.  A BODY LIFT incision design in the waist gives both a tummy tuck effect and a lift of the buttocks in the donor site.

Doctors Frank DellaCroce, Scott Sullivan and Christopher Trahan of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery (CRBS) are the pioneers of a groundbreaking new breast reconstruction option. The BODY LIFT Flap® Breast Reconstruction Procedure is one of the most significant technical steps forward in the history of breast reconstruction. The BODY LIFT Flap® procedure allows for an unprecedented power to recreate a new breast for women facing mastectomy. Incision design in the waist gives the benefit of a tummy tuck, a narrowing of the waist, and a buttocks lift as a compliment to the collection of fat to recreate the new breasts. The fat taken from the waist is microsurgically transplanted in a double layer for each breast when both breasts are to be reconstructed in a single setting. Drs. DellaCroce, Sullivan and Trahan have documented their review of 100 flaps in 25 cases in an article published in the current issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, citing high satisfaction and success rates and high quality aesthetic outcomes. The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans developed this procedure over several years and is the only facility in the world to offer this new advanced microsurgical technique.

Only half of all women diagnosed with breast cancer are provided enough education and suitable options to allow for a choice for breast reconstruction following mastectomy, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Advances in the field of breast reconstruction now allow for a new breast to be completely rebuilt of transplanted fat with techniques that move fat from unwanted deposits to the mastectomy site. Pioneering developments in the art and science of breast reconstruction have allowed women to chose procedures and recreate the lost breast out of living tissue. The development of sophisticated microsurgical techniques allows for avoidance of sacrifice of the muscular core in the donor site, preservation of strength and enhancement of body contour after surgery. The BODY LIFT Flap® breast reconstruction utilizes a layered DIEP/GAP fat transplant for each breast and is offered to the patient with ample breasts in the setting of bilateral mastectomy when volume preservation and projection are desired, yet the fat deposits in the waist and tummy are minimal. Drs. DellaCroce, Sullivan, and Trahan report high success rates and high quality aesthetic outcomes over several years. “The BODY LIFT Flap® technique is a reliable, safe, innovative, albeit technically demanding solution for patients seeking bilateral autogenous breast reconstruction with otherwise inadequate abdominal or gluteal fatty donor sites,” states Dr. DellaCroce. “Patients also have the added benefit of improved body contour as a compliment to this very powerful breast reconstructive technique.”

Women from all over the world come to New Orleans to receive the revolutionary procedures developed by Drs. DellaCroce, Sullivan and Trahan; they have now performed over 4000 successful breast reconstructions. At the Center For Restorative Breast Surgery they are pioneering the latest breast reconstruction techniques being utilized throughout the country, including Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy and the BODY LIFT Flap®.

The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, affiliated with the St. Charles Surgical Hospital—the only hospital in the world dedicated to breast reconstruction for women facing breast cancer—was established to serve as a dedicated center of excellence for women seeking the most advanced methods of breast reconstruction. Craig A. Blum, MD; Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS; Scott K. Sullivan, MD, FACS; Chris Trahan, MD, FACS; and M. Whitten Wise, MD are pioneers in the art of rebuilding breasts lost to cancer, preventive mastectomy, developmental defects, and deformities associated with previous surgery. Their sophisticated microsurgical techniques allow for recreation of the breast with natural tissue while preserving strength and restoring beauty. Together, with our Breast Oncology team Surgical Breast Oncologist W. Karl Ordoyne, M.D., FACS and Clinical Breast Oncologist Alan Stolier, M.D., FACS, they comprise a group of international leaders in breast cancer surgery options, pioneering groundbreaking procedures including nipple sparing mastectomy, the Stacked DIEP, the Gluteal Hip Flap, the BODY LIFT Flap®, and the APEX Flap. They have performed thousands of breast reconstruction procedures for women facing breast cancer, seeking BRCA risk reduction, or searching for solutions to existing breast deformities. Their Center is tailored and staffed to cater to the needs of clientele who travel from all over the world for their services. For more information please visit www.breastcenter.com or www.scsh.com.


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