Fat Transfer to Breast Completely Failed with Mastitis, All Fat Drained out? Anyone have this experience/suggestion?
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Fat Transfer to Breasts
I am obviously sorry to hear about the problem you had...infection is, unfortunately, a known complication of this and any other surgery. An additional concern with fat transplantation is the percent survival of the fat; it can be variable. So whether as a result of infection (yours is an extreme case) or not, asymmetry is a possible aftereffect of this procedure.
My advice would be to wait and let it settle down (at least three months; possibly longer) and then have additional fat injected into the smaller breast. You may find that the larger breast has become smaller and that the difference is not as great as it appears now. Six months is probably even better if you can wait that long. At any rate, the effects of the infection have to be completely dissipated by the time you undergo another procedure.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
Fat transfer and post operative mastitis
I am sorry to hear that you developed a mastitis infection following a fat transfer procedure to your breasts. Unfortunately, there is a risk of post operative infection associated with any surgery, including fat transfer. An infection can occur even if both your surgeon and you did everything correctly, and no surgeon, with significant experience, can claim that they have not experienced a complication associated with a post operative infection. Although you may want a reason as to what caused the mastitis, this may be impossible to determine. My best advise to you would be to try to work with your surgeon in setting up plan to move forward. They will probably want to wait a period of 6 to 12 months before proceeding with any secondary surgery, as it will take time for the infection and resulting scarring to subside. It may be difficult to follow this suggestion but it is in your best interest to work with him/her. Best wishes.
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