I am suffering from a mammogram injury and looking for the best procedure to get me looking like I did prior.

Although very rare. After a mammogram in 2014 my breasts swelled like melons and i was left with saggy breasts that were no longer on my chest but basically on the sides of my body. I have absolutely no side boob. I met with Elite Body Sculpture about doing a fat transfer. Just not sure it is the best procedure for me as there are so many to choose from. I had for my age of 54, 36 D firm breasts situated where they should be. No kids, no up and down weight gain. This has been devastating.

Doctor Answers 4

Natural breast augmentation with fat grafting

I appreciate your question

I perform a natural breast augmentation with fat. This can be removed from any unwanted areas including the breast itself as part of my lipo-lift procedure. I perform the fat grafting in multiple planes including under the muscle to give the best, most natural enhancement. Fat grafting is a great solution for someone who wants to bring their breast size up a cup or so and use natural tissue vs an implant. However, it can also be combined with an implant or used as a secondary procedure to fill in areas that are flat or thin. It should not affect nipple sensation, mammograms, cancer risk or breast feeding. It can be a little lump or hard at first but tends to soften over time.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.  Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic breast plastic surgery.


Best of luck!


Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

Changes to my breast from a mammogram. What can I do?

Great question!

I would agree with Dr. Folk in that there are several options to help you achieve additional fullness to your lateral breast.  But without seeing photos, it is really hard to give you a comprehensive answer.  

I hope that helps!

Gregory A. Buford, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

I am suffering from a mammogram injury and looking for the best procedure to get me looking like I did prior.

I am sorry to hear of your experience and find it difficult to give you useful advice without a face-to-face examination or at least photographs.  The results from fat grafting are generally not dramatic and since by your description it seems that a more dramatic change is indicated, you might need to consider breast implants and a full uplift surgery.  My best suggestion is that you meet with an ABPS board-certified plastic surgeon and member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery experienced in breast surgery to get a good evaluation and appropriate recommendations.

Any photographs that you can bring of yourself before and after your mammogram to document the changes would probably be very helpful if available.

Jon A Perlman M.D., FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Beverly Hills, California

Jon A. Perlman, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Changes after mammography

Your complaint is one I have heard on 2 occasions. One patient had saline implants, and felt that the mammogram had caused an instant and tremendous change in her appearance. I was fortunate to have photos from years before and months before her last mammogram, and despite her claims there was no change at all in the photos. She too could not see a difference in the photos, but still believed something had happened. The other patient is your contemporary with no previous surgery who refused to get further mammograms because she felt they were responsible for the changes she had experienced in her breasts.

One thing we do know is that breast tissue always changes with age. Younger breasts have a much firmer quality of breast tissue, and larger proportion of breast tissue (as compared to fat) than older breasts. Also, cysts become much more common in the 40's and 50's, and are far less common before and after these decades. This likely has to do with hormonal changes associated with menopause. I have been truly shocked at how extensive the cyst formation can be in some women when doing surgery like a lift or breast reduction. You can feel like you are popping little water balloons that are scattered in the tissue, thus changing the volume and firmness or feel of the breast. 

Older breasts are more fatty in consistency, and if the patient is very thin with a low BMI their breasts tend to be small and more deflated. The average woman gains weight with age, and sees an increase in size proportionately. Larger breasted women tend to get significantly larger with pregnancy and breastfeeding, and when this goes down and the tissue involutes, they tend to stay a larger size because of the increased skin laxity. Smaller breasted women get larger initially and typically feel smaller and more deflated after pregnancy.

You have options from fat transfer, implants, a lift, or some combination based on your goals and your examination. You may also have to accept that your breasts will continue to change even despite surgical intervention.

Best of luck,

Stacey Folk, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

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