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3D Bioprinting: A New Reconstruction Option after Lumpectomy?

One of the most exciting things about specializing in a field like reconstructive breast surgery is that there are so many innovative developments continually evolving. One of these is called 3D bioprinting, and it’s a technology that just may offer new reconstruction options for women who have had a lumpectomy.


What Is 3D Printing?

As the name implies, 3D printing is the process of creating a three-dimensional object based on a digital rendering. The digital image shows a simulated three-dimensional picture, which is then translated into reality by laying down many thin horizontal layers until the object is created. 3D printing has been used successfully in a number of applications, both medical and non-medical. One example of how 3D printing could be beneficial from a practical standpoint is by using the technology during archaeology studies to reconstruct fossils or duplicate artifacts.

3D bioprinting uses the same concepts, but in biological applications. In context of breast reconstruction, a digital image would be rendered of the existing tumor within the breast. Then, a three-dimensional model could be created using the patient’s fat cells to match those contours. The theory is that using a precise three-dimensional model would eliminate concerns over irregularity in breast shape, because the fat cells would exactly match the mass that was removed during surgery.

The Future of Oncoplastic Surgery

While the possibilities implied by 3D bioprinting are truly incredible, we’re still years away from these ideas becoming a reality. In the meantime, more surgeons are turning toward  oncoplastic breast surgery as an alternative to more invasive mastectomy procedures in order to ensure a preservation of as much natural breast tissue as possible, along with more natural-looking reconstruction results following a lumpectomy.

Dr. Nirav Savalia


Dr. Savalia is known for the most innovative, advanced breast reconstruction techniques. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and artist who creates the most natural, elegant, personalized aesthetic results. He is as renown for his care and compassion as he is for extraordinary outcomes. This is why he was named one of Orange County’s Physicians of Excellence by his peers.

A Team Approach for the Best Breast Care Possible

Dr. Savalia’s Breast Health Center team includes the finest oncologists, radiation specialists, geneticists, and nurse navigators. Being cared for by an established team is a great advantage for patients.

"I prefer a light-handed approach that leaves my patients looking visibly rejuvenated, not surgically enhanced."

What Dr. Savalia's Patients Are Saying


Dr. Savalia is a very gifted surgeon and has true artistic ability. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Savalia for any type of plastic surgery. He truly exceeded my expectations. I feel very fortunate to have worked with him and his team and if I ever have any need for a plastic surgeon in the future he will be my first choice.

- RIMA, AGE 55

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