Caren's Story

Caren explains her journey through her breast cancer diagnosis and learning to celebrate her life.

The following contains images of advanced surgical breast reconstruction results and includes nudity.

Corrective Breast

Caren contacted the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery seeking help after double mastectomy and disfigurement from six failed attempts at breast reconstruction by major cancer centers outside of New Orleans.

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Body-lift Flap

Her corrective work was done with the “Body-Lift” procedure pioneered at The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery.
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Body-lift Flap

Her transplant was accomplished with advanced precision microsurgery to recreate a living breast replacement.

Body-lift Flap

Because she was thin, the fat was arranged in layers to achieve the proper size.

Living fat was transplanted from the bikini line of her tummy and hips to rebuild her breasts and repair the damage from previous surgeries.

The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery’s “4D Nipple Reconstruction” completed her restoration.

Before and After


They assured me that I'd be whole again and gave me hope and confidence that they could do it.

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Where Innovation Takes Shape

St. Charles Surgical Hospital

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.

Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS; David S. Cabiling, MD; Stacy R. Henderson, MD; Scott K. Sullivan, MD, FACS; Chris Trahan, MD, FACS; M. Whitten Wise, MD; and Sarosh Naz Zafar, 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, MD, FACS and Mary Jo Wright, MD, FACS and Clinical Breast Oncologist Alan Stolier, MD, FACS, they comprise a group of international leaders in breast cancer surgery options, pioneering groundbreaking procedures including Nipple Sparing Mastectomy, the Stacked Flap SM, the SGAP, the BODY LIFT Flap®, and the APEX FlapSM.

They have performed over 10,000 breast reconstruction procedures for women facing breast cancer, seeking BRCA risk reduction, or searching for solutions to existing breast deformities. The Center is tailored and staffed to cater to the needs of clientele who travel from all over the world for their services.


It has made me whole again.

Deidra – Double mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction, nipple reconstruction, and 3D tattooing

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