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Hybrid Breast Reconstruction

Do you want fuller, more symmetrical, and natural-looking breasts after your mastectomy? 

Hybrid breast reconstruction gives you the best of both worlds by combining the natural look of a fat transfer with the boost of an implant.

Dr. Ravi Tandon in Metairie, LA, can expertly perform hybrid breast reconstruction to give you fuller, natural-looking breasts.

Ready Renew Your Self-Esteem After a Mastectomy? Contact Our New Orleans-Area Practice Today

Hybrid breast reconstruction by our experienced plastic surgeon provides two important benefits: it gives you natural-looking results and accentuates your feminine figure by transferring fat tissue from your stomach, thighs, or other areas to your bustline. If you're in the New Orleans area, contact our practice to request your breast reconstruction consultation.

After a Life-Altering Diagnosis You Need a Surgeon You Can Trust

"Dr. Tandon is the best! After being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer Dr. Tandon put my mind to ease at our first meeting. He is compassionate, patient, funny and very talented. A year after my final surgery I can say I’m very pleased with my reconstruction and would recommend Dr. Tandon to anyone in the same situation."

What Is Hybrid Breast Reconstruction? The Best of Both Worlds 

Also known as composite breast reconstruction, hybrid breast reconstruction combines the benefits of fat transfer with implant reconstruction. Below is a closer look at each procedure and how hybrid reconstruction combines the two techniques to create your dream results.


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The DIEP flap procedure is used for women who do not want breast implants. During the flap procedure, fat, skin, and blood vessels are removed from your lower abdomen and transferred to the breasts.

Since this procedure uses your tissue, it creates the most natural-looking results. However, some may not have enough excess fat in their abdomen to create their desired breast size and shape. 

Breast Implants

Breast Implant

Breast implants are one of the most common forms of breast reconstruction. Our New Orleans-area practice offers both saline and silicone implant options. You and our plastic surgeon will review these options before surgery to determine which is right for you.

Breast implants enhance the volume, shape, and symmetry of your breasts. This is a great option for those who don't have enough fat for a full flap procedure.

Hybrid Reconstruction

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A combination of the two procedures, hybrid reconstruction is great for women who want the natural look of fat transfer but do not have enough excess tissue to reach their desired size.

During a hybrid reconstruction, Dr. Tandon will perform the flap procedure to transfer autologous tissue (your natural fat, skin, muscle, and vessels) to your breasts and then insert implants to create your desired look.

The Benefits Of Hybrid Breast Reconstruction

Natural Results

The flap procedure provides autologous tissue coverage over the implant, creating more natural-looking results. Your breasts will look and feel more like natural tissue than if you were to receive just implants. 

Smaller Implant

Hybrid breast reconstruction combines the flap procedure with an implant. A smaller implant can be used since you will have the added volume of your autologous tissue.

Durable Solution

Women who have undergone a mastectomy are typically left with thin skin that can easily show wrinkling in an implant. Hybrid reconstruction adds a layer of protection over the implant making it a durable alternative to implant reconstruction.

Boosted Confidence

Combining the flap procedure with breast implants enhances your womanly contours by altering your breast size and shape and by reducing the size of your abdomen. Many breast cancer survivors have a significant boost in body confidence and overall self-esteem. 

Enhance Your Figure and Boost Your Confidence

Contact Our New Orleans-Area Practice

Don't waste time being unhappy with your figure after your mastectomy. Dr. Tandon is passionate about helping breast cancer survivors restore their looks and confidence through breast reconstruction. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in giving women natural-looking results that last. 

Dr. Tandon and his entire team provide patient-centered care to ensure you feel comfortable and supported throughout the entire process. Contact our New Orleans-area office to request your breast reconstruction consultation.

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I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer and consequently had a bilateral mastectomy.  Dr. Tandon performed a DIEP flap and reconstruction.  He is a gifted surgeon.  I am very pleased with the result.  More importantly,  Dr. Tandon and his staff made me feel comfortable and safe.   If you don't love your doctor, go see Dr. Tandon before embarking on surgery.

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Afraid of what my future held, Dr Tandon and his staff addressed all my needs with confidence, compassion, and understanding. Cancer effects you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. A year later, Dr Tandon and Staff gave me back my dignity, self esteem, and self love. To say THANK YOU, is not enough. He turned ugliness into beauty. I am FOREVER grateful

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The Process Of Hybrid Breast Surgery

The first step is to contact our New Orleans-based practice to request your breast surgery consultation

Enhance your figure and boost your confidence with natural-looking results that last.
Enhance your figure and boost your confidence with natural-looking results that last.


Dr. Tandon will review your health history and aesthetic goals during your consultation. He will also discuss your options of immediate or delayed treatment for breast cancer survivors in need of a mastectomy.


General anesthesia is used for this procedure. You will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you to surgery and back home the following day.

Breast Implants

During your consultation, you and Dr. Tandon will determine if saline or silicone breast implants are right for you. Dr. Tandon will place your implant help your breasts look larger, if you desire, and more symmetrical.


Dr. Tandon will make an incision along your abdomen and remove your autologous tissue to transfer it to the breasts. Your autologous tissue will cover your implants giving your breasts a natural look and feel.


Dr. Tandon will expertly close your incisions in a way that minimizes visible scarring as much as possible. 

Nipple Reconstruction

This step is optional in your breast reconstruction procedure. We have several techniques for you to choose from should you choose to have nipple reconstruction.


You will be able to see your results immediately following surgery. However, it takes a few months for the final results to be apparent.

What About the Cost? Your Procedure Is Covered
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The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA), requires insurance plans who paid for your mastectomy to also cover the cost of breast reconstruction. Whether you decide to have your reconstruction immediately after your mastectomy or years later, your procedure is covered. 

Are There Any Risks To Hybrid Breast Reconstruction?

Selecting a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Tandon is the best way to minimize your risk of complications before and after surgery. However, like all procedures, hybrid breast reconstruction comes with some risks.

Implant-Related Risks

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As with any implant procedure, your breast implant has a risk of rupturing or deflating. With implants, there is also a risk of capsular contracture, where scar tissue forms around the implant.

Although rare, we will continue to monitor your recovery to ensure you are healing properly and there is no sign of an issue with your breast implant.

Flap-Related Risks

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The development of a hernia or muscle weakness at the donor site is a potential risk to the DIEP flap procedure.

In extremely rare cases, patients develop tissue necrosis, where the transferred tissue lacks sufficient blood supply and dies. Tissue necrosis can be treated by surgically removing the dead tissue and lumps it can create. 

Surgery-Related Risks


General surgical risks like bleeding, slow healing of incisions, and infection are still possible. However, with an experienced plastic surgeon performing the procedure in a state-of-the-art facility, your risk of developing any of these complications is extremely low.

Contact us immediately if you believe you are developing adverse symptoms.

New Orleans Breast Cancer Survivors Choose Dr. Tandon

"It’s been a two year journey knowing Dr. Tandon, and my courageous mom continues to endure her battle with breast cancer. But  I can’t express enough, the value in the “knowing” that we’re not alone in this. To see the smile on mom’s face when you even say her doctor’s name, is priceless. Dr. Tandon, with all the uncertainty, panic, and fear that we’ve faced on this long road, thank you for being a safe place for us. You will always be a blessing to my family."
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Ravi Tandon, M.D.

Dr. Ravi Tandon is one of the most sought after plastic surgeons who is highly skilled and has trained in the latest breast reconstruction techniques. He is affiliated with various plastic surgery organizations: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons

If you are exploring breast reconstruction during, immediately after, or long after your mastectomy, our compassionate team can help. To learn more about your options, request a consultation online or call our practice at (504) 455-1000.

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