October is the month of pink — the month of remembering the lives lost, the month of celebrating the lives saved, and the month to join together to fight the dreadful disease of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death for women, and is an alarming fate we all fear. Statistics show that approximately one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Moreover, second to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer for women.

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Cancer is a word that signifies abrupt change, insurmountable loss and devastation. Furthermore, breast cancer is an aggressive form, often taking away part of what makes us women. As if the shock of becoming a cancer patient, the struggle to survive the endless journey, and the possible removal of one or both breasts isn’t enough, many women choose to undergo limited, invasive and incredibly painful reconstruction routes with imposing breast implants or flap surgeries. While reconstructive implants are an option that many women choose, the implants do not look or feel like natural breasts and no sensation can be felt. The last thing a woman wants to go through after a mastectomy or lumpectomy is another painful surgery with a substantial recovery time — and implants and flap surgeries call for both.

Thankfully, Dr. Roger Khouri, a world-renowned plastic surgeon of Miami Breast Center, and his hardworking team have provided women with an additional reconstruction option. The Miami Breast Center is the leader in no-implant, fat transfer breast augmentation and post-mastectomy and lumpectomy breast reconstruction.

Dr. Khouri paved the way to a non-invasive reconstruction microsurgery by simply executing a fat transfer to the chest with the help of a parallel invention, BRAVA. BRAVA is “a soft gel-like bra which is an external breast tissue expander.” BRAVA is the revolutionary tool that makes his reconstructive procedure possible to all breast cancer patients.

“Most women who come to me have no interest in going through another major surgery, which is what’s required for implants, and especially true with all the flap procedures, which usually take in excess of 8 hours,” Dr. Khouri said. “My procedure gives them a natural feeling breast. It’s their own fat. Plus, women keep near normal sensation in their breasts, which is not the case with all of the other procedures.”

There are no incisions, no scars, no foreign substances. To many, this may sound too good to be true, which Dr. Khouri hears from most of his patients. However, the intricate procedures in the reconstruction process allow this phenomenon to take place.

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