Fortunately, breast cancer patients have many options to choose from when it comes to breast reconstruction, including lipofilling. I use liposuction at my Austin practice to take fat from another part of the patient’s body, have it processed, and then inject it into the breasts.
Lipofilling is often used to contour other parts of the body as well, including the face. It works well in conjunction with other procedures to add volume or smooth contours. Recently fat grafting, or lipofilling, is being used during reconstructive surgeries for breast cancer patients. I can use fat grafting to help re-establish natural breast contours without the use of breast implants in Austin.
One concern among surgeons and patients alike is whether the injected fat cells could somehow stimulate the growth of new cancer cells?
A recent study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, suggests that lipofilling appears to be a safe post-operative procedure for breast cancer patients. These initial findings are encouraging, but more research is needed.
If you are interested in discussing lipofilling or other procedures that are used for breast reconstruction, call The Piazza Center at (512) 288-8200.