One of the most common situations underlying many complications with breast implants is inadequate thickness of the tissue overlying the breast implants. Common problems seen are:
- Capsular contracture
- Implant rippling
- Tubular breast shape over an implant
- Inadequate fullness in the cleavage area or the upper part of the breast
Using a scarless procedure, your own fat can be transferred in to the breast tissues overlying the breast implant to help correct these problems. Using gentle liposuction, your own fat is harvested and processed and then injected in fine strands through the tissues. This technique is known as micrografting autologous fat transfer. The procedure can be performed at the same time as a breast augmentation, when it is better known as a composite breast augmentation, or it can be used as at a second procedure if required to improve the thickness and quality of the tissues over the implants, when it is better referred to as a Lipoflap Autologous Fat Transfer or LAFT procedure. Fat transfer can be used in combination with materials such as Seri® an absorbable silk derived sheet that can help reinforce the tissues. This is particularly helpful when the skin has been excessively stretched due to very large implants, and when additional reinforcement at the time of a breast lift (mastopexy) may be required.
Of course there is the added benefit of body contouring liposuction.
For breast reconstruction patients, the LAFT procedure is ideal to improve the results of breast reconstruction or help solve complications related to breast reconstruction.
For more information about the LAFT procedure contact us at the Breast Center at the Bougainvillea Clinique.