Fat grafting to the breast for aesthetic indications has become increasingly popular. Herein, methods, aesthetic outcomes, and complications are reviewed in a retrospective case series.
Female patients (n=165) with an average age of 45 years (range: 17–78 years) who underwent fat grafting to breast were evaluated. Demographic parameters, the type of procedure, the amount of fat transferred, the site(s) of fat harvest, operative times, and the patient’s postoperative recovery and outcomes were recorded.
Of the 165 patients, 105 had breast augmentation with fat only. Of these 105 patients, 14(8%) had implant removal with and without capsulectomy, and 61(37%) had mastopexies. Composite augmentation was performed in the remaining 60 patients. The average amount of fat used was 208 cc (range: 10 to 945 cc) per breast. Forty-five patients (27%) underwent a second procedure. Of the 165 patients, 37(22%) had adverse events unrelated to the fat graft, including suture abscesses, scarring, and minor incision cite skin breakdown. Four patients (2.4%) had a complication related to fat grafting including ‘lump’ formation between the breast, abnormal mammograms, and the need for simple aspiration of a lipid cyst.
Autologous fat grafting should be considered for both primary and secondary aesthetic breast surgery to enhance outcomes. Complications related to fat grafting are uncommon. Revisional and secondary surgeries may be needed to achieve the desired outcome. Power-assisted liposuction, with vibratory infiltration of the tumescent solution, auto-infusion of fat, and Expansion Vibration Lipofilling using a closed system has become our preferred technique.
Fat grafting to breast can be considered for both primary and secondary aesthetic breast surgery
Complications related to fat grafting are uncommon
There does not appear to be an overall increase in complications of associated mastopexy and composite augmentation
Level of Evidence V
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