Breast lipofilling is a major improvement in the field of esthetic and reconstructive breast augmentation. It allows the patient to obtain a natural breast augmentation with her own fat, without scars and without implants (and reaction and/or complications that may come with a foreign body). In addition, the patient benefits from a liposuction that removes unwanted fat from from other areas of her body.
Breast lipofilling represents a significant advancement in breast esthetic and reconstructive surgery.
This information sheet is issued by Dr. Vincent Nguyen, board-certified plastic surgeon in Paris, specialized in breast lipofilling procedures. He will evaluate your needs and discuss your options to achieve the best natural results.
It provides all the information about the surgery, scars, recovery, before and after comparison photographs, Social Security coverage and the costs of breast augmentation with lipofilling.
What is lipofilling?
Lipofilling is an advanced surgery technique. It uses the patient’s own fat, harvested through liposuction, and reinjects it to permanently fill in hollows, or create volume in other parts of the body. The surgeon performs thus an autologous graft of adipocyte cells.
This technique is also called: lipostructure, liposculpture, lipomodelling, micro-fat grafting, fat injection, autologous fat transfer, fat grafting, autologous adipocyte graft, autologous fat grafting… they are all synonyms.
What’s the advantage of lipofilling in breast augmentation?
Lipostructure was first used in breast reconstruction (also called lipofilling or lipomodelling). With this experience and efficiency in breast reconstruction, lipofilling has been used in other parts of the body (face, hands, limbs…), including esthetic breast augmentation.
Fat transfer in the breast is recognized as being reliable and predictable when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in breast lipofilling.
What are the indications for breast lipofilling?
Breast lipofilling is for patients who need:
Breast augmentation with lipofilling requires enough excess body fat to be removed from other parts of the body for one or two lipofilling sessions.
Very slim patients are not good candidates for a breast lipofilling.
What are the major benefits of breast augmentation with fat injection?
What’s the history of lipofilling?
The method of harvesting fat that is so popular nowadays, has been considerably developed and improved over the years. It is now an established technique with predictable results. For 30 years, the techniques of harvesting, purifying and reinjecting fat have developed and it is now a simple, reproducible and reliable procedure. Dr Coleman, an American plastic surgeon, pioneer of the procedure, has given his name to a lipofilling technique called “the Coleman technique”.
BEFORE BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH LIPOFILLING:
BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH LIPOFILLING: THE PROCEDURE
AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH LIPOFILLING:
What are the alternatives to breast lipofilling?
What other procedures may be combined with breast lipofilling?
It may be combined with a breast lift (that comes with scars) if the patient’s breasts are sagging after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. (see information sheet)
Is breast lipofilling permanent?
All the fat that survived the transplant after 3 months will be permanent, but the fat will be affected by weight gain and weight loss as in any other part of your body.
What are the disadvantages of breast augmentation with lipofilling?
Are there other indications for breast lipofilling?
Is there a link between breast lipofilling and breast cancer?
With the benefit of 25 years of hindsight, many studies have shown that lipofilling is a safe procedure that doesn’t increase the risk of breast cancer.
However breast lipofilling doesn’t prevent the patient from developing breast cancer.
In the past, lipofilling was not performed on women over 35 as microcalcifications (due to the graft) could affect the interpretation of ultrasound imaging.
Nowadays radiographic changes following fat grafting are easily differentiated from breast cancer.
If breast lipofilling is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, there won’t be any diagnostic issue for the radiologist. The calcifications can’t confound mammography and routine breast cancer surveillance.