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Topic: Anyone had additional fat grafting 5 years after reconstruction?

Forum: Breast Reconstruction —

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Intro medically reviewed by: Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.
Last review date: November 22, 2020

Posted on: Apr 8, 2021 02:26AM

LoveandLightinLA wrote:


I had fat grafting done twice after reconstruction 5 years ago. I’m okay with how they look, except the cleavage area looks kind of hard and slightly ripply. Do you think insurance would cover another round of fat grafting to soften the cleavage area? Would they allow fat grafting for the non surgery side of my cleavage so that it would look even and symmetrical?

I feel a little embarrassed to ask my doctor for another fat grafting, as it seems purely cosmetic...what are your thoughts? Have any of you done additional fat grafting years later? Is this common? Do the doctors understand or do they dismiss this as unnecessary?

Please share your experiences...thank you so much!

Dx 12/9/2016, IDC/IDC: Tubular, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/3/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 2/13/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 8, 2021 11:50PM OnTarget wrote:

As far as I know, there is no time limit on when you can get revisions if something doesn't look right. It can't hurt to talk to your plastic surgeon- their job is to make your body parts look correct.

Diagnosed at 42, Oncotype score 16, ITC in one node- considered node negative. Lost right implant to infection March 2020. Waiting to start reconstruction all over again. Dx 4/8/2019, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/23/2019, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/15/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy 8/6/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/6/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant

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