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Can fat grafting be used for breast reconstruction after cancer?

Erik A. Hoy, MD
Plastic Surgery

Fat grafting is used by many plastic surgeons to correct contour irregularities and to thicken the soft-tissues. This is particularly helpful in breast reconstruction since the tissues are thin after mastectomy, and at least some element of contour irregularity after mastectomy is common. Fat grafting is used by some surgeons (myself included) to blend contours over the breast implants, thicken the tissues of the upper part of the breast, and provide more cleavage. This can be especially helpful after radiation since the transplanted fat is healthy and has not been radiated. Finally, fat grafting can be used to augment or reshape autologous (flap) breast reconstructions. Fat grafting can be a powerful tool to remove fat from unwanted areas like the abdomen and thighs, and help correct other areas.

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