Fat Can Enhance Breast Reconstruction Results

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When a woman receives implants during reconstructive surgery, she may experience some implant deformities. However, doctors and experts find supplemental fat injections to be an outstanding option for smoothing and reshaping the reconstructed breast.

Last year, the American Society of Plastic Surgery was presented with compelling evidence that fat injections are a safe and effective way to correct implant wrinkling in a reconstructed breast. Additionally, doctors report very high satisfaction from patients who have undergone this procedure.

“My reconstruction patients could not be happier with the improvement fat transfer gives to the appearance of their breasts,” study co-author Gregory Scott, MD, told colleagues at an ASPS conference.

So does this mean fat injections should be used for purely cosmetic breast augmentation, too? There is a great debate over this because it is unclear just how much fat must be used, and the side effects include possible calcification of the fat that could be mistaken for tumors in a mammogram. There is no breast tissue left after a mastectomy, so these concerns are significantly lower when it comes to reconstruction.

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