Can You Use a Siblings Skin to Due a Breast Reconstruction?

I have a mastectomy and considering breast reconstruction. I want skin not implants. Want to use skin from my sister who had gastrointestinal surgery. Is that possible? thanks 

Doctor Answers 3

Sibling skin

Unless your sibling is an identical twin, you would have to use immunosuppressants to prevent rejection. 

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Skin and fat from and identical twin can be used for breast reconstruction.

The transfer can be done betwen identical twins.  This is how the first organ transplant, a kidney transplant, was able to be performed.

If you are identical twins

We had a case of breast reconstruction using the abdominal tissue from identical twins. Please discuss your desires with your plastic surgeon.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
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