Breast Tissue Donation

Everything Can Be Donated from Blood and Organs to sperm: Why can Breasts not be Donated? Couldn't they be reduced a bit without throwing them away?

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Breast tissue donation-NOT

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The reason breast tissue is not transplanted is that it would 1) require immunosupression and 2) there are many other ways to create a different breast shape and/or size.


Talmage J. Raine MD FACS

Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Breast tissue donation is not the same as blood donation

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Often I am asked:  why can't breast tissue be donated to others like blood is?

  1. Breast tissue could only be donated to someone who is genetically identical otherwise rejection would destroy the tissue and could be dangerous for the recipient.
  2. Blood can be only be donated within some "compatible" types that allow for a brief permanence of the donated cells until they are replaced by the recipient's own cells.

There are so many ways to increase breast size that the risks associated with this kind of "transplant" make it not worth the trouble.

Mario Diana, MD
Plano Plastic Surgeon

Breast tissue donation

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Many women have offered to donate their abundant breast tissue to the needy, however, it is not that easy.  First the tissue compatibility is difficult without many immunosuppresent drugs.  Second, some of the scaring and calcification's may make mammography difficult to read.  And third there are safe ways to augment a breast that are FDA approved, and chosen first.  Hope this helps.

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Breast augmentation with tissue transplant

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Hello and thank you for the question.

Tissue transfer from one person to another requires immunosuppression. These are medications that mask or diminish the natural response of your body to foreign tissue, much in the same way that your body wards off abnormal cancer cells.  Immunosuppression comes with many of its own inherenent risks, including decreasing the body's inherent ability to defent against infection and cancer cells, among other things. 

In general, there are much better alternatives to augmenting the breasts than using someone elses tissues. The gold standard being, of course, augmentation mammoplasty with implants.  More recently, auto-augmentation with one's own fat has been gaining popularity, although this procedure requires further investigation to assure its safety.

Kindest Regards,

Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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