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    Anyone have fat grafting to improve implants after mastectomy?

    Asked by Dru on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Anyone have fat grafting to improve implants after mastectomy?

    I had a double mastectomy 1 1/2 years ago and the surgeon who did the implants would like to do an outpatient procedure to inject more fat into the left breast so that the implant isn't visible (it ripples where the skin in thin). I'd like to hear from others who have done this.

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      debsweb18

      I had fat grafting but it didn't make any difference. I had radiation so the skin was so tight the fat couldn't "poof" out the skin.

      about 5 years ago
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      Dru

      I had radiation in this breast too, so that's another concern. But my skin isn't tight; it looks like there is space for the fat to reside. I also read that the fat can die and turn blue/black - necrosis. I don't know how likely that is, however.

      about 5 years ago
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      debsweb18

      I ended up going to a new plastic surgeon and I pretty much started over and I had a Latissimus dorsi flap surgery. He told me when he does fat grafting he puts lots of fat in. Most likely due to the reabsorption factor. I don't think my first plastic surgeon did. You might want to ask your surgeon about that. I think someone else mentioned that as well.
      I didn't have fat necrosis but I think we're at risk of some type of necrosis with most of these surgeries.
      By the way, you can't see either scar from the grafting- breast or belly! That was a plus.
      Good luck with whatever you decide.

      about 5 years ago

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