Minor contour deformities or irregularities that have occurred naturally or as the result of a previous breast procedure can often be corrected with fat injection (lipo-infiltration). Fat injection has evolved considerably over the last few years and has become a mainstream technique in Plastic and Aesthetic surgery. Fat cells are carefully harvested from a donor area chosen during the office consultation and reinjected using precise technique using short, narrow diameter cannulas no larger than a needle used when having routine blood testing. By following proper surgical guidelines, approximately 75% of the grafted fat “takes” and becomes permanent. The newly transferred fat now lives and grows as normal fat in your body.
How long does the procedure take?
Minor procedures under local anesthesia typically take 30 to 60 minutes.
What kind of anesthesia will be required?
Local anesthesia is the preferred method of anesthesia for minor corrections and general anesthesia for more complex cases where fat injection is combined with other breast procedures.
What will my breasts look like after surgery?
Following the procedure, many patients will notice their breasts are swollen in the area where the fat was injected. This will resolve with time and transform into the desired pleasing form in the weeks following surgery.
When can I resume my normal activities?
Most patients can return to light activity and work within a few days following surgery. Return to normal physical activity, including sports, is permitted after 4 weeks.
Are there any risks to fat injection surgery?
Generally, fat injection into the breast is a very safe and reliable. During your office consultation, Dr. Zelt will discuss with you the associated risks and complications. Fortunately, most are very uncommon and the vast majority of patients enjoy an uneventful surgery and recovery period.
For more information on fat injection of the breast, please call our office and schedule a consultation with us.