Dr. Craig Vander Kolk Discusses Procedure For Correcting Lumpectomy Defects After Breast Reconstruction

June 10, 2014
Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery at Mercy - Baltimore

According to Dr. Craig Vander Kolk, Director of Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery at Mercy, a new fat-grafting procedure can change the appearance left after a lumpectomy.

Breast reconstruction after a lumpectomy is becoming more routine these days because breast conservation has become more sophisticated, according to doctors.

While a lumpectomy can preserve the breast, the breast may be left with some defects, such as a hollow spot, experts said.

According to Dr. Craig Vander Kolk, Director of Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery at Mercy, a new fat-grafting procedure can change the appearance left after a lumpectomy.

"After that, you also have radiation, which can change the breast. It becomes a little firmer; it changes the texture. By using fat grafting with stem cells, the tissues become healthy, and we use the fat to fill that defect that was created," Dr. Vander Kolk said.

The fat is often taken from the abdomen. From there, Dr. Vander Kolk explained that the surgeon can remove a little extra fat, creating a smaller waist and improving the patient's morale.

View Dr. Vander Kolk’s interview regarding correcting lumpectomy defects after breast reconstruction due to breast cancer.


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