Lipofilling (fat transfer) is a corrective surgery technique used to balance out differences in the breast and can restore volume and shape of the breasts after ageing or weight loss. It can also smoothen out folds caused by implants.
- The procedure involves harvesting fat with the help of thin cannulas through small incisions using a special liposuction technique. The isolated fat cells are then injected into the deficient area(s) using a cannula. The fat incorporates within the breast tissue to give its desired effect. The procedure usually takes between 3-4 hours.
- It is not uncommon to feel numbness after the operation which is related to swelling and mild trauma to the sensory nerves in the area. Bruising also commonly develops in the areas where fat has been harvested and injected.
- The special compression garments you will be given after your surgery helps reduce swelling and bruising at the donor sits and are usually worn day and night for 4-6 weeks.
- You will be advised to avoid placing constricting clothing e.g. a bra over the area for 3 weeks to allow generation of new bloods vessels.
- Lipofilling may cause some discomfort requiring you to take regular analgesia. You are also advised not to drive until you feel comfortable and able to perform an emergency stop and avoid heavy lifting for at least one week. The majority of patients are able to go back to work within 10-14 days post-operatively.
- General complications include blood clot formation, wound infection, seroma and hypertrophic scars. Common complications include discomfort, transient numbness, bruising and swelling. Complications specific to the procedure include subcutaneous cysts, nodules, scarring and fat reabsorption requiring further surgery.