How is fat grafting used in Breast Reconstruction Surgery? 

 

Fat grafting is a way to transfer fat cells from one part of the body to another part of the body, in this case to the breasts.  The fat is collected via liposuction, processed, and then injected into the desired location. The fat can be harvested from any area with excess or undesirable fat.  Typical locations include the abdomen, flanks or love handles, and inner thighs and knees.

 

The fat can be utilized in multiple different ways.  First and foremost it is used to smooth out any contour irregularities or asymmetries in the breasts.  Similarly, it can be used to camouflage the edges of the implant or improve the appearance of rippling from the implant.  Fat grafting can also be used to enhance the volume of the breast, either by itself or in combination with an implant. If a large volume of fat is required, multiple fat grafting surgeries may be required.  It is possible to create a breast entirely with fat grafting depending on the amount of fat you have available and the size of breast you desire. Fat grafting can also be utilized to improve contour irregularities associated with lumpectomies.

 

Fat grafting is done at second stage or revisional procedures, not at the time of mastectomy. Usually fat grafting is performed in conjunction with other procedures so the length of the procedure depends upon what other procedures are being done.  In general, fat grafting takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.

 

Dr. Elswick performs fat grafting in breast reconstruction cases as well as cosmetic surgeries. It provides beautiful natural results and is appealing to the individual who wishes to use their own body tissues to rebuild and restore their body. Call today to schedule your consultation.  248-524-0620

 

Dr. Sarah Elswick

Plastic, Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgery :

 

Fat Grafting

Fat Grafting

How can we use fat from one area of the body to enhance another area? Fat transfer (fat transplantation, fat injection or fat grafting) is a medical procedure that uses the patient’s own fat tissue from their thigh, lower stomach or inner knee to increase the volume of fat in the subcutaneous area of the body. Uses continue to develop but some of the most current applications include injection of fat into the breast for augmentation or after breast cancer surgery, cheek and chin augmentation, wrinkles next to the mouth (marionette lines) and the hollow areas under the eyes.

In most applications, the fat is injected down through the skin and into subcutaneous tissue and sometimes muscle to provide a better chance for the fat cells to find a nearby blood supply and survive. Some of the fat does not survive, so typically a surplus amount of fat is injected. Fat transfer provides excellent results, and it is readily available! If you don’t want to use synthetic fillers, fat grafting would be an excellent option for you.

To learn more about your options contact 248-524-0620 for a private consultation.