Five things you should know about lipofilling breast reconstruction…

Having just gone through my first operation to reconstruct my right breast, following surgery for cancer (in 2000). I thought these key points might be useful for someone else who may be considering reconstruction by this innovative technique.
1. It is not a quick fix, due to reabsorption of the fat injected into the breast. You should expect to undergo the procedure at least 2-3 times
2. You need a sufficient quantity of fat to ‘harvest’, this is usually taken from the abdomen or hips
3. There is a risk that you may end up with an uneven stomach, following the ‘harvest’
4. Following the operation, you will need to wear a compression garment (read ‘magic pants’ – under-bust to thigh length) for 6 weeks
5. Your ‘exit’ and ‘entry’ wounds will be taped over. These tapes have to remain in place for 3 weeks. The tapes are removed at your follow-up visit to clinic. In the meantime, you will need to take care when showering and gently pat them dry (don’t worry about them changing colour).
These points are based on my experience. Other patients may have different experiences, dependent on their own circumstances and surgeon preferences.
Look for my next five facts coming soon.

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