American plastic surgeons claim evidence supports safety of lipofilling

28 July 2011

The practice of using fat from elsewhere on a patient's body to shape the breasts in cosmetic surgery is safe, preliminary experience has shown.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the procedure - known as lipofilling - is relatively safe as it has a low complication rate. It is also particularly relevant for patients undergoing cancer treatment such as radiotherapy, as the procedure does not affect radiologic follow-up after breast-conserving surgery such as a mastoplexy.

The report, published in the August issue of the ASPS's Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, followed the evaluation of procedures across three hospitals in Paris, Lyon and Milan involving a total of 513 women between 2000 and 2010.

Dr Jean Yves Petit of the European Institute of Oncology, Milan, said: "Lipofilling [after] breast cancer treatment leads to a low complication rate and does not affect the radiologic follow-up after breast-conserving surgery."

Figures recently released by the ASPS show that cosmetic breast augmentation in the US accounted for nearly 20 per cent of the overall number of surgical procedures in 2010, making it the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country.

Posted by Jeanette Royston.

1 Petit, Jean Yves, et al., "The Oncologic Outcome and Immediate Surgical Complications of Lipofilling in Breast Cancer Patients: A Multicenter Study—Milan-Paris-Lyon Experience of 646 Lipofilling Procedures". Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. Wednesday July 27th 2011.

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