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Fat Grafting

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Overview

Fat grafting is a procedure in which excess fat is removed from one area by liposuction, purified, and injected into another area.

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The excess fatty tissue is removed using a liposuction cannula. This is performed through small (1cm) incisions which are placed in natural skin creases. The fat is the centrifuged in order to remove the oil and blood. The purified fat is then reinjected into a new site.

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Preoperative Considerations

The typical candidate for fat grafting is a patient that has breast asymmetry or would like to undergo breast augmentation without implants.

Patients that are not candidates for this type of surgery include:
Patients that smoke
Patients with a BMI > 32. Click here to calculate your BMI.

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Surgical Considerations

The length of surgery depends on the amount of fat grafting being performed. Patients are typically able to return home on the same day as surgery.

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Postoperative Considerations

Patients are asked to refrain from heavy lifting and exercise for 4 weeks. There will be bruising from the liposuction that is performed. Additionally there will be swelling which lasts for 6 weeks - 3 months. Patients refrain from bra-wear or pressure to the area of fat grafting for one month after surgery. Most patients return to work after 10 days - 2 weeks. Many patients require a second or third surgery to perform additional fat grafting as approximately 30% of injected fat is resorbed.

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Possible Complications

Seroma (15%)
Hematoma (5%)
Asymmetry (5%)
Rippling (1%)
Infection (1%)
DVT (0.07%-3.5%)
PE (0.09%-2%)