Autologous fat grafting months after implant placement
Hi everyone. I am just wanting some advice on the autologous fat grafting procedure and its success.
It has been 10 months since my implant has been placed in my left breast after having a tissue expander after a mastectomy. I had high-grade DCIS but fortunately I did not need chemo or radiation. Post mastectomy surgery I had problems with my left arm, but exercises and physio sessions are helping with that.
The side near the implant is flatter and numb. The tightness I feel when raising my arm is uncomfortable. I do massage this area, the scar tissue is broken up but the feeling remains. I am hoping this area will soften over time.
My plastic surgeon suggests to have fat grating to fill out the side, saying I might need up to 2-3 procedures. Don't really want to go through surgery again and certainly not that many times!
I know that fat grafting will improve the look of the breast, filling it out, but I want to know if it will actually help with this tightness. I am not fussed with the look, it's just the uncomfortable tightness. Depending on what I had done physically during the day also affects the feeling at the side of the implant.
Does anyone have any advice whether the grafting will help or has had this autologous fat grafting done and can tell me about their experience? Thanks.
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