Medicine: Breast Building

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...

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