How common are calcified fat lumps after fat grafting to breasts and how can they be avoided?
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All surgeons who transfer fat try to avoid calcification. If too much fat is placed in one spot, the calcification may occur. Not all fat cells transferred will survive.
Avoiding calcification after fat grafting?
Thank you for your question. Whenever we perform a fat grafting procedure, there is always some degree of natural graft loss even with excellent technique. The fat cells are very delicate, and some just don't survive the process. The best way to optimize the graft survival is to avoid over-grafting in any one area. Your surgeon obviously understands this if he is already telling you about placing small amounts of fat in lots of different places. The 50% long-term survival rate is that he has stated is also within the normal range in many cases, even with very good technique. Large areas of fat graft calcification are uncommon with this technique. I hope that this is helpful. If you still have concerns, I would review them in detail with your surgeon before the procedure. Best of luck to you.
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