I have just had my 4th lipofill to fill in a sizeable dent left after WLE and re-excision. I am very pleased with the final outcome although I am also at the bruised stage at the moment. It seems to go through stages, when it is first injected, mine has always felt hard and bruised but eventually it softens and feels like normal tissue. I've been fortunate in not having much fat necrosis, I had one little area - I think because I got carried away wearing an underwired bra too soon after surgery, but that seems to have disappeared after subsequent surgeries. If it seems to be getting more red or swollen, it might be that you have some kind of infection rather than necrosis... that is just slightly granular lumps for me, not a larger area of swelling altho I am only speaking from my own experiences so it could well vary?
We have decided that this is the last go at it, but I am really pleased with the outcome... hence going back 4 times... My BS said she was "cautious" the first time as it was a trial and a new technique for the hospital. No. 2 made a big difference, 3 filled in the lower end of the scar more and 4 was just to balance shape as she reckons it is like 3D modelling and was expecting gravity to move it around more than it actually did.
I admit to ditching the Spanx after number 1, not sure if they kept the swelling down, but they were darned uncomfortable, so I just stick to arnica and letting nature take its course on the bruising now.
I agree that there isn't too much info out there about lipofill, but as I am 2 years in (dx was in early 2011, lipofill started May 2012), if there is anything I might know the answer to just say the word, All best MG x
I had lipomodelling to my reconstructed breast just over 3 weeks ago (also had LD flap and immediate recon just over 2 years ago) and have an appt to go back at the beginning of august to see how things are settling. So far it all seems ok thankfully. I'm a little concerned about a slightly hard area on my tummy and also a lumpy area that has appeared under and to the side of my breast but I hope it's just still bruising/ swelling and it'll go down.
There is not a lot of info on this procedure at all is there? I asked my surgeon some questions regarding numbness, hardness etc after the op and was told there could be some and it might or might now go away in time.
I am still having pain/tenderness on my tum and sides and overall my body feels very strange to the touch and not nice :0(
The though of perhaps having to go through it again some time down the line if too much of the fat is reaborbed does not fill me with joy. I don't know if I would. I've still to get nipple recon or tatooing...at the moment I am thinking tatooing.
Hating wearing the big undies (which I have been told is for 6 weeks).
I'm sorry to hear you have been having a worse time with your recent op Jayne.
I hope things get better very soon for you and that you feel well enough to get back to work.
I just though it was worth posting something in support cos I know what it's like.
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