We at the Miami Breast Center are extremely excited this month because the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has finally given our BRAVA + AFT breast procedure the official seal of approval! For years Dr. Khouri has been conducting a clinical trial along with other plastic surgeons documenting the success of his technique. The complete study was published in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the ASPS. It confirms that pre-expanding the breast with BRAVA, prior to surgery, provides greater augmentation than fat transfer alone. It features Dr. Roger K. Khouri, MD, FACS of the Miami Breast Center as the lead author of the study. Traditional Method Fat transfer to the breasts has become increasingly popular in recent years. During this procedure, fat is obtained by liposuction from one part of the body and transferred to the breast. The limiting factor is the relatively low survival of transplanted fat. On average only 55 percent of the fat survives. The reason is simply that there is not enough room within the breast for the fat to survive and thrive. Dr. Khouri’s Proven Method In Dr. Khouri’s procedure, BRAVA + AFT (autologous fat transfer), the patient first undergoes “pre-expansion” by wearing BRAVA, the special suction-pump bra, a few weeks before surgery. During this time BRAVA gradually expands the breast through gentle vacuum pressure creating extra room in the breast. This expansion also generates a matrix or fibrovascular scaffold that is an ideal recipient for the transplanted fat cells. BRAVA is also worn for at least one week after surgery. The results measured by MRI scans before and after surgery show an average fat survival of 80 percent! Dr. Khouri also has a variation of this technique for breast reconstruction patients with amazing results. The Comparison One Year Later After one year, women who underwent the BRAVA + AFT procedure, had their breast volume increased by an average of 230 cc. Fat transplantation alone without BRAVA use had an average breast volume increase of only 130 cc. Other plastic surgeons have reported similarly good results with BRAVA pre-expansion. At one time fat transfer to the breast had been banned by the ASPS but that ban was lifted as promising research emerged. Dr. Roger Khouri has always been at the forefront of that research pioneering the way with the latest technology. Click to read the full Clinical Study of Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting using BRAVA. Dr. Khouri has helped hundreds of women who don’t want implants. Whether you’re a breast cancer patient looking for a natural breast reconstruction with fat transfer or just looking for natural breast enhancement the best results in fat transplantation are achieved by pre-expansion with BRAVA. As this new study clearly shows, it provides the optimal conditions for successful fat transfer to the breast.
The phrase “stem cells” reminds me of a mortgage security during the real estate bubble, no one understood it but everyone wanted one. Surgeons around the world are marketing and offering untested stem cell procedures as therapy or cure for autism, cancer, heart disease, breast augmentation and much more. If you search the internet you will find marketing claims such as “stem cells enriched”, “stem cells enhanced”, and “stem cells infused” procedures. Many surgeons offering these procedures state their seems to be a correlation between stem cells and health improvement they observe on their patients. At the same time they admit to not understanding how it works and if stem cells are actually improving lives. The lack of understanding has led to many deaths where patients have been overly infused with stem cells. This is why the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) have issued a joint statement to protect consumers. Part of their statement includes this warning to the public: “The marketing and promotion of stem cell procedures in aesthetic surgery is not adequately supported by clinical evidence at this time. While we remain enthusiastic about the future potential of stem cell therapies in aesthetic surgical procedures, unsubstantiated claims for such therapies will harm patients and tarnish the reputation of the industry” We are proud that our very own Roger Khouri, MD participated in drafting this joint statement with the two societies. Miami Breast Center will be publishing a new page on the website regarding stem cells and our stand on this subject. Every week we receive questions regarding stem cells and this page will help many visitors answer those questions[/p]
Well, it’s no surprise to us that a new report was issued last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which details the possible complications of breast implants. Breast implants are not lifetime devices (duh)… according to the FDA, and the longer women have them, the more likely they are to have complications, and the more likely the implants will need to be removed. Which for me personally is a bummer since I didn’t hear of Dr. Khouri in time and have those implants in me. The FDA says that one in 10 patients will need their implants removed within 10 years if they got a breast augmentation. The risk rises for breast cancer patients who get implants for breast reconstruction with as many as one in two patients needing their implants removed within 10 years. Oh great. 🙁 But there is good news thanks to Dr. Roger Khouri and his breakthrough reconstruction procedure that is changing the way women reconstruct their breasts after breast cancer or for cosmetic reasons. It requires no major surgery, no new incisions or scars. I want the world to know about this!!! WIth Dr. Khouri’s technique, there are no complications from having a foreign object in your body that will likely need to be removed. This is a long–term solution to common breast implant problems. His breakthrough Fat Transfer procedure is a comfort to patients who had breast implants in the past and are now experiencing problems. The FDA report reconfirms what we already knew: with Dr. Khouri’s fat-transfer technique, the patient will never have to worry about needing a re-operation or removal again because her new breast(s) will be created from her own fat. No foreign objects will be implanted into her body. And you get lipo…take it from here and put it there. It’s a beautiful thing.