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Autologous fat grafting for breast cancer

What is autologous fat grafting?

Autologous fat grafting is a breast reconstruction procedure that involves gentle liposuction of fat cells from anywhere in the body, and then carefully injecting them to rebuild the breast. This technique can also help to improve breast shape and contour after implant reconstruction, flap reconstruction, or lumpectomy.

The technique may involve between two to five procedures to completely rebuild a breast, depending on individual factors, such as breast volume. For some patients, we can start to rebuild the breast at the time of the mastectomy.

What is autologous fat grafting?

Video: Autologous Fat Grafting

Dr. Ray explains fat grafting procedures and benefits

Total breast reconstruction using autologous fat grafting

Dr. Stephen Ray at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center and Dr. Arch Miller at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center are now performing total breast reconstruction using autologous fat grafting.

Some potential advantages of autologous fat grafting include:

  • Avoiding a major surgery such as microsurgical flap reconstruction.
  • There are no visible incisions on the donor site(s).
  • There is a minimal recovery period for each procedure.
  • Skin damaged from radiation can potentially become more soft and supple.

Traditionally, women who undergo mastectomy and radiation therapy are recommended flap reconstruction rather than implants. However, fat grafting can convert the damaged skin into more pliable and healthy tissue that is amenable to tissue expansion and implant-based reconstruction. If reconstruction cannot safely be performed immediately, an image enhancement specialist is available to help you find ways to look and feel your best.

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