Lipomodelling after breast reconstruction

After breast reconstruction, there are sometimes dents or irregularities in the outline (contour) of the new breast.

This can be improved by injecting fat into your breast to fill out the dent. This is a relatively new procedure that’s been developed from liposuction techniques. It can also be used to enlarge a breast. It is now more widely used in women having implant reconstructions to make them look and feel more natural.

Lipomodelling is a day-case procedure and involves taking fat from one part of your body, for example, the thigh or the abdomen, and injecting it into the breast. After the procedure, the area where the fat was taken from may be bruised and sore, but this wears off quickly.

The procedure usually needs to be repeated a few times. This is because some of the fat absorbs into the body so needs to be replaced. Repeating the procedure also makes sure any uneven areas are smoothed out. Lipomodelling is not usually done until the reconstructed breasts have fully healed. This usually takes about 6–12 months. Your reconstruction surgeon can give you more information.

Back to Types of breast reconstruction

Breast reconstruction using an implant

A breast implant can be put under the chest muscle to create a new breast shape.

Using your own tissue (flap reconstruction)

Reconstruction using your own tissue can give a natural feel to reconstructed breasts.

Using tissue from your back

A new breast shape can be made from muscle, fat and skin taken from the back. This is called an LD flap.

Using tissue from your tummy area

A new breast shape may be created using a flap of skin, fat and sometimes muscle from your tummy area.

Using tissue from the thighs or buttocks

New breast shapes can be made from fat and skin taken from your buttock or thighs.

Reconstruction after breast conserving surgery

If a large amount of tissue is removed from your breast, reconstructive surgery can improve how your breasts look.

Surgery to the other breast

Some women have an operation on their natural breast so that the reconstructed and natural breasts look as similar as possible.

Nipple reconstruction

Nipple reconstruction is usually done 4-6 months after breast reconstruction.