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Lipofilling and fat grafting


Re: Lipofilling and fat grafting

Hi Dawnrose69


Thanks for posting asking about lipofilling (fat transfer)


Lipofilling, also known as lipomodelling, is a relatively new technique but has been used as part of breast reconstruction in the UK for a number of years.


Lipomodelling is a usually a day-case procedure and involves taking fat by liposuction from one part of your body, usually the abdomen (stomach) hips or inner thigh, and then injecting it into the breast.   It is usually done under a general anaesthetic.  After the procedure, you will have some small scars in the area where the fat was taken from and it may feel bruised and sore.


Everyone’s recovery time varies and hospital procedures may differ slightly. You could contact your breast care nurse or treatment team who will explain what to expect after surgery. They can explain any wound care instructions and how long it will take to get back to your normal daily activities.


Talking to someone who has had a similar experience can be helpful and our Someone Like Me service can arrange for one of our volunteers to talk to you by email or telephone. Our volunteers have had a personal experience of breast cancer and are trained to provide support.


You can ring the Someone Like Me team on 0345 077 1893, or email them someone.likeme@breastcancernow.org so they can then match you to your volunteer. 


You can also call our free, confidential Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. The number is 0808 800 6000.


Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.  


Please be aware that we will be closed on Saturday 9 November for training purposes.



Best wishes




Breast Cancer Now Nurse


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Lipofilling and fat grafting

Hi, I understand that lipofilling and fat grafting are the same but I'm wondering what sort of recovery period is needed. Ie when willy stomach feel healed. I'd this relatively new in UK?