Fat Grafting and Breast Reconstruction Live Video Chat
By: Courtney Floyd
Tune into the Anti-Cancer Club’s live video chat on Sunday, September 25th at 1:00 PM ET and join Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo for a discussion on the use of fat grafting in breast reconstruction.
We look forward to seeing your beautiful faces and enjoying an educational discussion on Fat Grafting. If you have any questions email Courtney at [email protected]
Some information on Fat Grafting:
Fat grafting is a fairly new technique in breast surgery where fat is liposuctioned from one part of the patient's body, purified and then injected into the breast.
There are several fat grafting techniques that are used by plastic surgeons. There is no "set way" shown to be the best in terms of long-term results. However, studies have shown that regardless of the technique used, the collection, storage, and transplantation of the fat cells (and the fat stem cells) must be optimized to obtain the best long-lasting results.
Studies have also shown that once the injected fat "takes", it can also help improve the thickness and quality of radiation-damaged tissue and skin.
Regardless of technique, some of the injected fat will be reabsorbed over time but this can vary depending on the exact clinical situation. Patients must therefore be prepared to require more than one procedure for the best results. Your surgeon will be able to discuss this further with you during your consultation.
Unfortunately, not all insurance companies cover the cost of fat grafting so the procedure can involve out of pocket expenses for some patients.