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Fat Grafting

Fat Grafting is a technique in which your plastic surgeon is able to transfer unwanted fat from one area of the body to another, to add volume or to help correct a contour problem of the reconstructed breast. This is also known as autologous fat transfer. Fat grafting is a surgical procedure and Dr. Burgess may require general anesthesia or local anesthesia with light sedation. The unwanted fat is usually removed from the abdomen, back, or outer thighs using a gentle liposuction technique.  The fatty cells are then carefully re-injected back into the area of the breast that requires more volume.

The advantages of fat grafting are that you are able to use your own tissue and the recovery is fairly minimal. This procedure is usually done to patients who have undergone mastectomy with reconstruction. Since it is your own tissue being re-injected, it may make the breast feel softer and more natural, especially in areas of previous radiation. In addition, many women are pleased that they were also able to have fat removed from an area of the body that they didn’t want it, such as the belly area.

The disadvantages to fat grafting are that a certain amount of the fat will resorb back into the body and you may need more than one fat grafting procedure to reach your desire of correction. Also, some of the reinjected fat may feel like a tiny lump, but these tend to soften with time. Dr. Burgess will assist you in your decision making process as to whether fat grafting is the best option for your breast restoration process.

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Note about these procedures: When patients come in for a new patient consult, Dr. Burgess will review the various procedures she performs as well as discuss the other options available to patients. She will help guide you towards the reconstructive surgery that most compliments your aesthetic goals, as well as maintain close communication with your other physicians.

 

 

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Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elisa A. Burgess specializes in Lake Oswego face lift as well as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), liposuction, tummy tuck and breast augmentation. She serves the entire northwest Portland / Vancouver metro area and beyond.