Lipofilling

Therapeutic mammoplasty
Lipofilling, lipomodelling, liposculpting and fat transfer are all names for the same procedure in which fat from the thighs, buttocks or abdomen is harvested and re-injected into the breast to fill out a dent, soften a scar, or increase the thickness of tissue over an implant. Contact us to arrange a consultation with a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at Breast Care Leicester to discuss whether lipofilling is a suitable option for you. 
 
Many people are familiar with liposuction, using a needle to remove unwanted fat from various areas of the body. The vigorous mechanical activity and high suction pressures associated with conventional liposuction disrupt and kill the fat cells, whereas in lipofilling the fat collection has to be more gentle to maintain the proportion of viable cells for transfer. The cells are then concentrated by centrifugation before being re-injected into the breast as required.
 
Lipofilling can be done as a one-off procedure, but more commonly several rounds of lipofilling are required to achieve the desired effect. This is because up to half of the transferred fat cells do not survive after transfer to their new location.
 
Lipofilling is an operation which is done under general anaesthetic. It can have short- and long-term complications which include bleeding; haematoma; infection; seroma; pain; numbness/altered sensation; nerve or blood vessel injury; fat embolus and scarring. Complications associated with any operation include deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolus (PE) as well as the risks of general anaesthetic itself.
 
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Wide local excision
Mastectomy
Sentinel lymph node biopsy
Axillary node clearance
Breast reconstruction