Breast Reconstruction

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Breast Cancer Dr SoferBreast Reconstruction Surgery after breast cancer is a personal decision that many women around the world are having to face. Breast Reconstruction is an option for all women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are undergoing a partial or total mastectomy.  Removal or part or all of the breast tissue.

There are many options for breast reconstruction.

  • Fat Transfer with Body Jet Liposuction
  • Expander Implant
  • Direct to Implant
  • Latissimus Dorsi Flap
  • TRAM Flap
  • Other Free Flaps

Breast Reconstruction Informative Video:

The information regarding breast reconstruction can be overwhelming. Dr. Alfred Sofer believes that connecting with his patients through education will empower them and help them through difficult times. To do so, Dr. Alfred Sofer created a breast reconstruction informational video that many patient found educational and informative and patients may receive this information at their own pace. See part’s one and two of the video below:

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Dr. Alfred Sofer, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and his expert supporting staff are proud to provide you with exceptional care, uncompressed safety and courteous professionalism to insure you with a satisfying result and a positive experience with your breast reconstruction surgery.

Over the past decade of being a Plastic Surgeon to more than two hundred breast reconstruction patients, Dr. Sofer has seen his patients’ self confidence improve through the choice of undergoing breast reconstruction surgery in conjunction with their mastectomy. Dr. Sofer believes strongly that only through carefully listening to each patient, he can tailor an individual treatment plan for them.


Breast Reconstruction using Fat Grafting:

Fat grafting for breast Reconstruction has grown in popularity in Europe and now in the United States. Dr. Sofer is on of the first doctors in the area that is performing fat grafting for breast reconstruction using the Body Jet Liposuction and Grafting System.

How does Fat Grafting for Breast Reconstruction work?

This revolutionary system is changing the way we think of breast reconstruction. Fat is removed from an area (most commonly the abdomen) and injected into the area of the removed breast. A series of treatments are required to achieve the desired effect. Body-Jet procedure uses a water spray to obtain a patient’s own fat, which can be used as a permanent filler to shape or form a breast by adding volume.

Why use Body Jet Liposuction and Fat Grafting system?

Body Jet Liposuction is a water-assisted liposuction technique which is a more gentle approach to liposuction and a more reliable method of obtaining fat for grafting. This procedure utilizes the Body-Jet System, which simultaneously dislodges fat cells with a spray of water, while removing the uninjured cells with low pressure suction. The fat is collected for injection as permanent filler. Body Jet Liposuction patients have less swelling, bruising and a faster recovery time. (2-4 days) The fat that is harvested with Body Jet Liposuction is collected into a special filtered collection canister for less handling of the fat for a more viable fat transfer. Fat harvested with Body Jet Liposuction is 90% viable (living) as compared to 50% or less when using other methods to obtain fat.

Fat Transfer using Body Jet Liposuction can be used in combination with breast reconstruction using implants. Fat is injected around the implant to soften the look of the implant and give a more natural appearance.


Reconstruction with Tissue Expanders Tissue Expansion:

This method of breast reconstruction involves the use of a tissue expander and a breast implant.

  • Placement of the tissue expander is a balloon-like device made from elastic silicone rubber. To place the expander during a mastectomy, the general surgeon removes skin as well as breast tissue, leaving the chest tissues flat and tight. To create a breast-shaped space for the breast implant, Dr. Sofer will place a tissue expander under the remaining chest tissues.

It is inserted unfilled, and over time sterile saline fluid is added by inserting a small needle through the skin and into the tissue expander’s filling port. As the tissue expander fills, the tissues over the expander begin to stretch gradually. The tissue expander creates a new breast-shaped pocket for a breast implant.

Placing the breast implant:

Dr. Sofer will remove the tissue expander and the breast implant is placed in the pocket that it has created. In reconstruction following a mastectomy, a breast implant is most often placed sub-muscularly.


To discuss your options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alfred Sofer or call us at 203-336-9862.

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To learn more about Breast Reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alfred Sofer or call our Fairfield, Conneticut office at 203-336-9862.