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Mo Salhab MD, MRCS, MS, PG Dip, FRCS
Oncoplastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Breast Surgeon
Fat transfer is also called Lipomodelling. It involves the transfer of fat from the abdomen or thighs into the breast. It is used in different situations mainly:
What does the procedure involve?
With the patient under general or local anaesthesia, fat cells are harvested from a donor site using needle aspiration with a syringe and cannula. Common donor sites used are the abdomen, outer thigh and flank.The fat is usually purified via centrifugation to remove dead cells and debris. The fat is then injected into the breast, usually in small parcels and thin strips at different levels in the subcutis. A degree of fat resorption is common, mostly within the first 3 months following fat transfer. Patients usually have 1 to 4 sessions of lipomodelling depending on their condition.
One of the possible benefits of the procedure is that it can restore volume to the breast without the morbidity associated with other reconstruction techniques.