Lipomodelling is a technique that involves moving a patients own fat from a ‘donor site’ area, treating and refining the ‘harvested’ material and then transferring it or ‘grafting’ it to the breast.
Lipomodelling aims to improve the shape, volume, profile and consistency of the area treated and may be used to rejuvenate, regenerate and reconstruct the breast. The other terms used for this procedure are fat transfer, micro fat grafting, fat injection and lipofilling.
After Breast Conservation Surgery:
After Breast Reconstruction Surgery:
In Preparation For Possible Breast Reconstruction:
In Patients With Developmental Breast Or Chest Wall Deformities:
Fat is taken or ‘harvested’ from your own body, often the lower abdomen, thighs or hips in a similar way to conventional liposuction but using gentler techniques to prevent damage to the delicate fat cells. This is done through tiny cuts in the skin.
The removed fat is then concentrated and purified to remove unwanted material and fluid. The treated fat is then injected into the treatment ‘recipient’ area ie. ‘grafted’ using very small volume injections. The graft is injected as a complex three-dimensional lattice to build a fatty scaffold for new fat to grow into.
This procedure is usually done under general anaesthetic in one or more sessions depending on the amount of fat graft needed. It is done as a day procedure or with an overnight stay.
This procedure is normally performed 2-3 years after the initial treatment for cancer but this may vary in certain situations. Usually patients should have had a normal mammogram prior to this procedure.
Most patients do not have any problems but you should be as fit as possible before surgery, not actively dieting and preferably be a non smoker.
Possible Complications To Be Aware Of Include:
Post Operative Recovery
You should rest for 24 hours and then increase your activity. Normal non-strenuous activity can be resumed in 2-3 days. You may have stitches to close the incisions which may have to be removed in 7-10 days if they are not dissolvable.
It is advisable to wear support underwear over the donor area for 4-6 weeks to control the swelling and bruising. It will also help with the contouring of donor area. Please bring this with you to the hospital. Ensure your bra does not put pressure on the lipomodelled area.
Pain can be controlled with usual painkillers which will be given to you at the time of discharge. (Do not exceed recommended dose)