Breast Reconstruction Options with Autologous Fat Grafting

If a lumpectomy has left your breasts looking asymmetrical, a fat grafting procedure can help to safely and naturally restore your bust without needing to utilize any kind of artificial implant. This technique utilizes fat cells that can be harvested from an area that has more than enough to spare. In addition to tightening and contouring the donor area (leaving patients with the equivalent of a tummy tuck or butt lift), the fat grafting technique also creates results that are natural and soft. To learn more about how fat grafting can help you regain breast symmetry after a lumpectomy procedure, reach out to our Los Angeles or Thousand Oaks offices and set up your consultation today.

When Should I Consider Fat Grafting?

The most traditional method by which breasts are augmented or restored after a lumpectomy procedure involves the placement of an artificial implant, but fat grafting offers an advanced and impressively safe alternative to the implant-based treatment option.

Utilizing your body's own natural fat to rebuild the breast after a lumpectomy enables you to exercise an exceptional amount of control over your ultimate results, with Dr. Srinivasa adding as much or as little volume to your rebuilt breast as needed. This makes it possible for Dr. Srinivasa to create results that are highly symmetrical, look natural, and don't have the artificial feel that can sometimes come with the use of an artificial implant.

Risks and complications with fat grafting are especially limited, and many patients also love this procedure as it eliminates the potential for implant-based complications in the future.

How Fat Grafting Works for You

Fat grafting is a less extensive procedure than either implant-based or autologous tissue flap breast reconstruction and Dr. Srinivasa is often able to perform fat grafting on an outpatient basis. General anesthesia is typically not needed for a fat grafting procedure, which makes the recovery process relatively easy.

A donor site will first be established. This is typically an area that has fat cells to spare, and many patients pick a site like the buttocks, the tummy, the flanks, or the thighs. Liposuction performed on the donor area essentially makes this a "two-in-one" procedure, and our patients tend to enjoy the slimming effects.

After liposuction has been used to extract extra fat cells from the donor site, they'll be purified and prepared for injection into the treatment area. Dr. Srinivasa will then carefully perform a series of fat transfer injections. You'll be able to return home after your procedure, and Dr. Srinivasa will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions.

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Recovering and Enjoying Your Results

Fat grafting is a surprisingly straightforward procedure, and typically only takes one to two hours to complete. The liposuction portion of the treatment leaves behind incisions that are relatively small, so your scarring will be minimal. During your consultation, Dr. Srinivasa will give you thorough instructions for taking care of your incisions after the procedure and will help you understand what to expect in terms of scarring. You can expect to return to your daily routine two to three weeks after your procedure.

If you're interested in learning more about how fat grafting can help you regain your symmetrical, even bust after a lumpectomy procedure, Dr. Srinivasa and her team are here to help. Reach out to the Institute for Advanced Breast Reconstruction at our Thousand Oaks or Los Angeles location, and start your journey to complete recovery today.

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