Donor areas for breast lipofilling

Donor areas for breast lipofilling

17th Jan 2019

Donor Areas For Breast Lipofilling


The breast lipofilling procedure is another name for fat transfer to the breasts. The procedure has been performed for quite a few years now with a high success rate. Just like any other transfer procedure, breast lipofilling entails collecting fat from donor areas, processing it, and then reinjecting it into the breasts to increase their volume.

For patients interested, it is important to know that the increase in size is not as significant as an augmentation that can be achieved when using breast implants. Moreover, the results achieved are dependent on the weight of the patient. If the patient manages to keep a constant weight throughout the years with little fluctuations, the results will be sustained. If the patient has weight fluctuations of more than 2 kg every month, chances are the appearance of the breasts, as well as the areas treated with liposuction, can change as well.

When going to the pre-operative consultation, you should make a list of the most important details to discuss with the plastic surgeon. Aside from the medical examination and the discussion about your medical history and expectations from the procedure, you will also discuss the donor areas for lipofilling.

Any fat transfer can only be performed if the patient has an excess of fat somewhere in another area of the body. Fat transfer can’t be performed on patients who are thin and have no significant excess of adipose tissue.

Generally speaking, for most women, the fat tends to accumulate in the midline. In other words, we will find an excess of fat in the abdomen and the flanks. This is the reason why these areas are often targeted with liposuction during lipofilling. In a vast majority of cases, they provide enough fat to be used for transfer to the breasts.

In some cases when there isn’t enough fat on the abdomen for the transfer, the plastic surgeon might consider other donor areas such as the thighs and even the back. For patients with a rectangular shape, the back can be the area where the fat tends to accumulate, just like the thighs can be the area affected by an excess of adipose tissue for women with a triangular shape.

Smaller areas such as the chin, knees, ankles, and arms are not considered good donor areas for lipofilling because the fat extracted from these areas is not enough for transfer. The plastic surgeon can address these areas as well, but there will be an additional cost for performing liposuction on such small areas.


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