How Common is Fat Necrosis in Autologous Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

What is the rate of incidence and how does it compare to other complications? Is it considered a serious complication if fat necrosis occurs and how is it dealt with? Does it usually greatly effect the aesthetic outcome of the augmentation? Are there any particular risk factors?

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Fat Necrosis and Autologous Fat Transfer

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A study of Autologous Fat Grafting in the Breasts published in May 2012 in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal cites a fat necrosis incidence of 16% by MRI. It is a known risk. But, it is not considered a complication. It does not affect the appearance of the breasts if it occurs. It is not confused with tumors on radiologic studies.

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Gregory C. Park, M.D.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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