New Evidence That Lipofilling Is Safe for Breast Reconstruction
Using a plastic surgery database, the researchers analyzed a series of more than 1,000 partial or total mastectomies followed by breast reconstruction with lipofilling.
In the lipofilling procedure, fat obtained by liposuction from one part of the bodyfor example, the abdomen or thighsis injected to enhance the appearance of the breast.
The sole exception was women receiving hormone therapy, for whom lipofilling was associated with a small but significant increase in locoregional recurrence risk: 1.
Lipofilling is a fat grafting technique that is increasingly used to optimize the cosmetic results of breast reconstruction.
But some plastic surgeons may still be reluctant to use lipofilling because of concern that it might affect the risk of primary or recurrent breast cancer.
The study also finds no evidence that lipofilling affects the risk of initial breast cancer for the growing number of high-risk women undergoing "preventive" mastectomy.