Mastectomy with a bonus tuck
Each year, 110,000 women in the U.S. learn that they have breast cancer.
For many of them, treatment is almost as dread as the disease: a mastectomy, which can be both physically and psychologically mutilating. But in recent years, plastic surgeons have devised a number of techniques for reconstructing breasts that reduce the aesthetic and emotional toll.
Now a new surgical procedure offers a double benefit to mastectomy patients. Using a section of fat and muscle from the abdomen, Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Dr. Carl Hartrampf replaces missing breasts and gives...