Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Autologous fat grafting for breast cancer

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.