Fat Transfer Side Effects
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Fat Transfer Side Effects
Fat grafting to the breast!
Fat grafting is a valuable tool in breast surgery. This technique has gained more popularity over the past 7 years. There are many techniques used to harvest the fat, process the fat and then re-inject the fat. Conventional suction lipectomy is performed with a small diameter cannula, processed by separating the liquid and fibrous tissue from the fat, and then placed into syringes for re-injection or through a closed system.
Fat grafting breast augmentation - Los Angeles
I recommend the fat grafting procedure to the breasts for isolated cases needing revision or reconstruction. Fat grafting breast augmentation is currently in an experimental stage to gauge longterm risks. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles
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Gentle harvest is the key to avoiding complications.
Nearly all the issues and complications with fat transfer (injection) are related to lipolysis (broken cells) of the injected material. If you break/rupture/damage the fat as you remove it, not amount of good technique is going to provide a good result and the problem rate goes way up. Exposing the harvested fat to the dramatic forces of a liposuction machine is problematic. I prefer to harvest with a syringe technique, controlling the amount of vacuum with my own hands. There is more to fat injection than meets the eye.
Fat Transfer to the Breasts is Still Somewhat Controversial
Any procedure that causes potential scarring to the breasts must be considered carefully. At this time, it is reasonable to wait until further evidence is posted in plastic surgery literature about the long term effects of fat injection in the breast. Fat grafting to the face is well established. Long term limitations and benefits of fat grafting to the breast still need to be established.
Fat grafting side effects
fat grafting carries potential risks and complications including lumpiness, rippling, fat atrophy or loss, and asymmetry. In areas of the body where the fat is grafted more superficially such as the lower eyelid skin, these complications can be more noticeable.
Fat Transfer to the Breast Side Effects
I think the main side effect that was most worrisome has been the concern of scarring on a mammogram should some of the fat not survive producing shadows that may concern a Radiologist. I believe that doctors that read the mammograms are getting more comfortable with these possible changes, but some mammogram false positive results could occur necessitating further diagnostic studies. Other side effects are possible infection, fat resorption necessitating more sessions of fat grafting, and possible asymmetry. Keep in mind that fat grafting is best for breast contour irregularities or small volume enhancement; very large amounts of fat and possible multiple sessions would be needed to approximate the result of large breast implants for breast augmentation.
Also, one should consider the possible side effects of where the fat is harvested from, most notedly, contour irregularities or asymmetry. Hope this helps.
Side effects of fat injections to breasts is a delicate subject
Fat grafting emerged in the last few years as a very useful tool in facial rejuvenation, augmentation of different body areas and even wound healing by stem cell transfer. When it comes to the breast, it is a completely different issue. The breast is a hormone sensitive organ and this is related to breast cancer. Now, to make things clear,the scientific evidence so far did not prove a relationship between cancer and fat grafting but there is a lot we do not know.
The current issue with fat grafting to the breast is the fear of having fat necrosis, lumps and biposies and more surgeries. Hope that helps!
Fat Transfer to Breasts
Fat transfer side effects
Some more serious risks include calcification of fat, oil cysts and scarring. These may be mistaken for cancer on mammograms. However, I have not found this to be a concern for my patients, and the procedure has been able to achieve great results!
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