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Fat Grafting More Popular in Breast Reconstruction

Mark Kohout - Thursday, August 15, 2013
Fat grafting is used by 70% of breast surgeons to rebuild breast tissue, according to a survey published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Once maligned as interfering with mammogram results, the technique is now gaining favour. It is now widely felt that transplanted fat can be distinguished from abnormal tissue in a cancer screening. Nearly 90% of surgeons who use the practice do so for reconstructive rather than cosmetic purposes. They say they get good results, especially in reshaping misshapen breast tissue after a procedure such as a lumpectomy. Most surgeons take fat from the patient’s abdomen or thighs with liposuction. There still exists potential issues with fat grafting. Rejection of the patient’s transplanted fat is an issue that has been completely resolved. The survey’s authors called for more data to address these issues and noted that research may improve and expand the applications of fat grafting.
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