The symmetry of the breasts is one of the main objectives in the process of shaping and reconstructing a breast.
When creating a free tissue flap for transplantation, its size must exactly match the size of the patient’s own breast, and this can be very difficult to achieve. To achieve perfect symmetry, we are constantly improving the technique of 3D (three-dimensional) modelling.
By using 3D images, the size (volume) of the patient’s own breast and the size of the available tissue graft are measured. The thickness of the graft is determined by measuring the thickness of the subcutaneous fat and muscle tissue by ultrasound. The volume of the existing breast and the new breast is calculated on the basis of these measurements.