Fat Transfer Side Effects
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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.
Side effects of fat grafting
Fat based augmentation is a relatively new technique. As it becomes more popular and time goes on we may learn of other complications and side effects.
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.
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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 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!
Side effects of fat transfer
Fat transfer to breast side effects
Fat Transfer Side Effects
Fat transfer to the breasts
Compared to the face fat transfer to the breast has the same risks of even resorption of the fat with potential unevenness, etc. My only negative comment about fat trasfer to the breasts is that don't expect major changes. Increase of cup size of one or more is infrequent. Enhancement and improvement of some areas of the breast is more likely.
Chase Lay, MD
Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
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