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Reader Laura on Fat Grafts and the Breast

Posted Mar 16 2010 12:00am

Reader Laura’s Comment:

ABC has done another story about alternatives to breast implants. This new procedure involves having their own fat injected into their breasts. The new procedure involves using a vacuum pressure device that applies pressure before and after the injection. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it has the possibility of working? What would be the side effects from this procedure?

Fat grafting to the breast has been controversial in plastic surgery circles for decades. The concerns have been what might happen to the fat once it is placed into the breast. Some grafted fat has been shown to degenerate and become calcified. This change might make mammograms more difficult to interpret in women treated. The other main concern has been a question of breast hardening from scarring as this degenerating fat is processed by the body.

I saw another surgeon at a meeting a year ago present his experience with fat grafting to the breast. It is starting to look better although it seems to be limited at present size wise requiring multiple operations at a very high price tag relative to conventional breast implant surgery. With time this might be the way to go. At present more research seems indicated.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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