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Can tissue from my belly be used for breast reconstruction?

Plastic surgeons are now using what's called deep flap, or abdominal fat, for breast reconstruction.

When diagnosed with breast cancer, most women are at the age when they have small areas of skin or excess fat around the belly, and many may have been thinking about having a tummy tuck. A breast reconstruction and tummy tuck can be performed at the same time, and the genius of this procedure is that instead of performing the tummy tuck and throwing the tissue away, the doctor can transfer that tissue to the chest area to simulate the appearance of a breast. This procedure is usually covered by your health insurance company.

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