Does Lipofilling Have Lingering Effects?
By Brenna Fisher , Contributing Writer |
While so many in the medical field are examining the efficacy and safety of fat transfer in aesthetic procedures, a new study may be bringing us one step closer to answering one question: is fat transfer used in breast cancer reconstruction safe?
Early research published in the online in the Annals of Oncology says, “yes.” Lab testing in the past has indicated that fatty tissue has the potential to encourage cancer cell multiplication so lingering concerns over potential relapses in breast cancer have left breast reconstruction patients uncertain about fat transfer options. However, this new study, which compared women who had fat transfer, also known as lipofilling, after breast cancer surgery with women who had not done any lipofilling after breast cancer surgery. Almost two years after the lipofilling procedure, they found no significant difference in recurrence between the two groups of women.
The researchers say, “Lipofilling seems to be a safe procedure in breast cancer patients. Longer follow-up and further experiences from oncological series are urgently required to confirm these findings.”