Fat grafting is the process of taking fat cells (with liposuction) from an area of excess on the body and using it to enhance the shape or increase volume in another area. When used for breast reconstruction, fat grafting can help to restore a woman’s breast, achieving a very natural look and feel.
If you’ve had a mastectomy and reconstruction of any kind, chances are that there may still be areas of imperfection that could be improved with fat grafting. Since it is a straightforward outpatient procedure, with minimal downtime, almost everyone can be considered a candidate for this adjunctive procedure.
During your fat grafting procedure, donor fat cells will be liposuctioned from an area of excess fat on your body (often the abdomen, lower back, or thighs). These fat cells are then thoroughly cleaned and prepared for injection into the breasts. When injected, the fat will then add immediate volume within the breasts, creating a beautiful breast shape and very natural feel. To achieve the final goal, you may benefit from additional fat grafting sessions.
You will notice an immediately improved breast shape with this procedure, although it may take some time and additional fat grafting sessions before seeing the final outcome. It is important to realize that your body will absorb some of the injected fat during the healing process, so you may notice a decrease in initial fullness overtime. However, after healing, all the remaining fat will survive permanently. It will gain volume if you gain weight, and it will lose volume if you lose weight, behaving just as the fat normally would have in the location from which it was taken.
Many women are thrilled with the very natural look and feel that fat grafting is able to achieve for their breasts.
If you have questions about breast reconstruction, my staff and I are happy to help. By working with a team of Southern California's most experienced breast reconstruction surgeons, radiologists, and nurses, we are able to provide women with the best possible options for one of the most life-changing and rewarding surgeries. Please contact us online or call (949) 759-0980 for more information.
Dr. Savalia is known for the most innovative, advanced breast reconstruction techniques. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and artist who creates the most natural, elegant, personalized aesthetic results. He is as renown for his care and compassion as he is for extraordinary outcomes. This is why he was named one of Orange County’s Physicians of Excellence by his peers.
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