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FAT INJECTION BREAST ENLARGEMENT

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

FAT INJECTION BREAST ENLARGEMENT

Removal of unwanted body fat by liposuction is a well established procedure benefitting thousands of patients. Naturally, the thought then arose, “ Why not remove fat from unwanted areas ( hips and thighs) and replace it into wanted areas ( breast)? “

Over the past 10 years the techniques of fat transplantation have gradually been refined. The limiting factor is that that fat cells are very fragile. Removal often destroys many of the fat cells, and re-implantation yields partial, unpredictable survival. When fat cells die, they can produce small specs of calcification in the tissue.

In most areas of the body lack of survival of fat cells with microcalcification is no big deal. But in the breast, it can cause mammographic changes which look like breast cancer. If that happens, a surgical biopsy is needed.

A recent study from China, published in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, reports suspicious breast calcification in 16.7 % of patients with fat graft breast augmentation. Other early reports have not shown as many calcifications, but it is too early in the experience to know the true incidence.

There is great enthusiasm for fat grafting for augmentation. It would be the perfect solution – avoiding the hassels of silicone breast implants. But as with any new procedure, it is wise to wait until sufficient experience exists to accurately assess the downside.