Is there a risk to get breast cancer with fat transfer to the breast?
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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!
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
As far as we know, there is no risk of breast cancer, or other cancer, from a fat transfer. Fat has been transferred into breasts for many years. I would suggest meeting with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area and discussing all your concerns.
Is there a risk of getting breast cancer with fat transfer to the breast?
Thank you for your question. Fat transfer to the breast has been done for many years, mostly in reconstructive breast surgery. In the past few years this procedure was introduced in the cosmetic breast surgery arena. There's no relationship of cause and effect between fat grafts to the breasts and breast cancer. What's been documented in mammograms that some "macro" calcifications and oil cysts can develop in the breasts. This is different from the "micro" calcifications which are signs of breast cancer. The radiologists can distinguish between the two very easily . Matter of fact, if a woman has a breast augmentation, lift or reduction will heal with scarring which can show "macro"calcifications just like fat grafting can. Fat grafting can give you about one cup size increase, unless the BRAVA external expander is used. Breast augmentation with implants is more predictable, but of course there's maintenance involved. We have been doing this procedure for several years as a stand alone procedure or with breast lifts or augmentation to improve cleavage and breast bone deformities. See a board certified plastic surgeon experienced in these techniques for an in person consultation. Good luck.
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Fat transfer and breast cancer risk
This is an interesting topic and has generated a lot of concern and debate in both the lay press and academic journals as well. The bottom line is this: at this time, no one has been able to demonstrate an appreciable increase in risk for breast cancer amongst women that have had autologous fat grafting to the breast performed. The ASPS has validated the procedure as 'safe' and board certified plastic surgeons are doing it. Having said that, I firmly believe that a silicone implant augmentation is far more cost effective and reliable than fat grafting. Our clinic offers both procedures.