WSVN -- For Shannon Guest there was only one thing worse than hearing she had breast cancer.
Shannon Guest: "When you hear someone tell you, you need a mastectomy, I mean, I almost fainted on the spot. It's such a mutilation to your body."
After Shannon had her left breast removed, she felt like she lost a piece of herself and her self esteem.
Shannon Guest: "You're looking at yourself every day in the mirror, and it's difficult. I was really indented."
Eventually Shannon decided on breast reconstruction, but many of the options out there like breast implants weren't the right choice for her.
Shannon Guest: "I was worried about having a foreign object in my body."
After a lot of research she found Dr. Roger Khouri at the Miami Breast Center. He's the only doctor in the U.S performing a non-surgical procedure, where he rebuilds an entire breast using your own fat.
Dr. Roger Khouri, Plastic Surgeon: "There's no cutting at all. There is no incision at all. This is simply with syringe and needles."
Dr. Khouri has invented a device called the Brava. Women wear these breast cups like a bra over their surgery scar for several weeks. The breast cups use mild suction to gently pull and stretch the skin forward creating a breast mound.
Dr. Khouri: "This over time gently stretches the scar, stretches the defect. That swelling creates the space, it primes the breast for us to be able to put in those cells."
Shannon Guest: "It's not painful, it does not hurt at all."
Once the Brava has created a breast mound, doctors then liposuction excess fat from the body and inject those fat cells into the cavity causing the breast tissue to expand and grow.
Dr. Khouri: "We are growing a breast back, and this is a process. It takes a few months."
Unlike other procedures, since the tissues and the nerve endings grow too, the breasts retain normal sensitivity and feeling.
Dr. Khouri: "The big advantage of this procedure is that this is a breast that feels like her own. This is her own tissue that has grown back. It has sensation. It feels like her own."
It's such a breakthrough it's gotten the attention of surgeons like Dr. Thomas Biggs who's been around since the creation of the first breast implant.
Dr. Thomas Biggs, Plastic Surgeon: "The use of fat grafting is a fantastic breakthrough. It's a great, great step forward".
For Shannon, the procedure was the answer to feeling whole again.
Shannon Guest: "The amazing thing is that you do have full feeling in that breast again. It makes me feel really finally as close to normal as I'm gonna feel."
The fat grafting can be used for a lumpectomy and double mastectomy as well. Insurance does cover this procedure.
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Dr. Roger Khouri Miami Breast Center www.miamibreastcenter.com