Fat Necrosis following Breast Procedures
It’s not unusual for patients who undergo breast lift or
breast reduction surgery to develop areas of fat necrosis. This occurs when
globules of breast tissue lose their blood supply and undergo necrosis. This
results in lumps and bumps beneath the skin which are well circumscribed.
These lesions are often the source of significant
anxiety and for this reason are rigorously investigated. It’s not unusual for
patients to undergo ultrasound and mammography to evaluate these lumps.
In the vast majority of patients who have fat necrosis,
resolution occurs without surgery. These lesions induce an inflammatory
response which results in their dissolution. In some cases massage may be
helpful, but even with this maneuver the majority will take 3 to 6 months to
Does Post-op Fat Necrosis of Breast Tissue Usually Resolve?
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Fat necrosis may gradually decrease in size (may even liquefy and drain) spontaneously. Other times, resection of the unhealthy tissue is necessary. If resection is undertaken it should be done in a conservative fashion avoiding removal of surrounding healthy tissue.
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Fat necrosis usually resolves on its own especially if it is a small area. If it does not, they can sometimes be removed.
Fat necrosis after breast augmentation with lift
Fat necrosis (dead fatty tissue) can develop in breasts after an augmentation and lift. If these areas become symptomatic (painful) you may consider having your surgeon biopsy or remove the tissue. If there appears to be changes on your mammogram that are suspicious, you should also have these areas biopsied. It is not unusual for this to happen after surgery as it is caused by a disruption in the breast's blood supply.
Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for a complete examination and review of your treatment options.
Fat Necrosis after Augmentation-Lift
Fat necrosis is not unusual after a breast lift procedure and is rarely problematic.
They will likely resolve with time.
Continue to monitor with your surgeon. If they persist longer than a year, you could opt to have your surgeon remove them for you, if there presence disturbs you or you feel they interfere with your breast self-examination.
Fat necrosis is a risk of any breast lift procedure.
Fat necrosis is a risk of any breast lift procedure and will often become softer with time. I am glad that you love the appearance of your breasts after surgery. Give it some more time and see how things are in a year.
Post-operative fat necrosis is not ideal, but may not be a problem
Small areas of fat necrosis following breast reductions are not uncommon. This can also happen with breast lifts that are performed with the same type of anchor-style incisions. It is possible that these small areas of scarring improve over time, but it is also possible that they remain unchanged. If your breast imaging studies have documented their location and size, and the studies are confident that these areas are fat necrosis, then intervention is neither necessary nor recommended. Fat necrosis, while not ideal, is unlikely to be dangerous unto itself. I would not be concerned about late inflammation- I have not seen this in my practice. As long as your areas of fat necrosis are documented by imaging, you should be fine. My recommendation is to discuss this with your plastic surgeon to get a first hand recommendation for your particular situation.
Lump on breast after breast lift and breast augmentation - plastic surgeon
Fat necrosis is a non-specific sign seen on mammogram that may represent transient post surgical changes. Your surgeon should keep a close eye on these areas to ensure that they do not represent any cystic or tumorous process. If it is indeed fat necrosis, it will most likely disappear or turn into fibrosis.
Fat necrosis after breast surgery usually resolves spontaneously.
Fat necrosis after breast lift or reduction is occasionally seen. It, by itself, is no a health problem but a lump in a woman's breast is always a source of concern. Almost always the lump will gradually dissolve, usually over several months. If a lump persists, most patients would want it removed. This can usually be done with local anesthesia. It is seldom required.
Fat necrosis of breast tissue after a breast lift with implants
The combination of a breast lift with implants can add volume to breasts and change the shape and position of the breasts in one setting. One known complication is fat necrosis in the breast tissue. This may present as a firm mass or can also present as redness and possible drainage from the incision. If it is a small area of fat necrosis, your body will break down this tissue and it will resolve. If it is a large area, you may best be served by a small operation which would consist of removing the dead tissue and rearranging the remaining part of your tissue into an aesthetic result. This may be a collocated surgery. Be sure that you're working with a board-certified plastic surgeon was great till of experience and breast augmentation and breast lift.
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