Fat from Love Handle Area Can Be Used in Breast Reconstruction Procedure

Women interested in undergoing a breast reconstruction procedure after a mastectomy, or after botched implants, now have more options for achieve a natural, sculpted look.

A new surgical technique listed in the print issue of the Microsurgery journal indicates that doctors can extract body fat from the lower waist, or “love handles”, and re-inject it into the breast tissue. This procedure would eliminate the need to insert silicone or saline implants, and to perform extensive tissue manipulation procedures when reconstructing the breast.

According to study co-author Dr. Ariel N. Rad, an assistant professor of cosmetic surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, “When implants aren’t used, the most common technique for reconstructing breasts after a mastectomy is to make breast tissue from a flap of fat and skin from the abdominal region…thin, athletic women don’t have enough tissue there. But even they often have some excess fatty tissue in that space between the hip and waist. For them, using those love handles is a new option.” (Source: BusinessWeek.com)

The procedure is relatively simple, and serves as an alternative for extracting fat from the buttocks or other parts of the body, that often become deformed after such a procedure and also require post-procedure treatment. Women that undergo this procedure may also benefit from achieve a more sculpted waistline and balanced appearance around the hips and waist.

The fat is removed using an innovative liposuction procedure, and involves only a few incisions around the lower waist area. The fat is extracted and purified, and then reinjected into the breast area so that it can adapt to the existing tissues. Some women may need to wear compression garments to speed up the healing process, and results are noticeable within a few days after the procedure.

Further Reading

  • Women already head to plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in California for innovative procedures, and body lifts, breast implants and liposuction have become a popular choice for those who want to improve their bodies after pregnancy.

  • From liposuction surgery to ultrasound and infrared fat-zapping treatments, Americans are always looking for new ways to blast away a few extra pounds and achieve their ideal figure.

  • Heidi Montag is no stranger to plastic surgery, having undergone 10 plastic surgery procedures in a single day back in 2010. The star has had breast augmentation, liposuction, multiple nose jobs, and several other procedures to become what US Magazine describes as, “an over-the-top version of her”. Montag reportedly won’t be going under the knife again and recently told Celebuzz that, “It was a lot more than I could have expected. I really hate talking about it now because it was so long ago.”