Fat Grafting to the Breast on the Rise

Posted on Friday, 3 August 2018

At the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) and the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS) Combined Conference, that’s being held in Auckland from 2-5 August, International Keynote Speaker, Dr Emmanuel Delay (Lyon, France) will present on a new solution for patients looking to increase their bust size, but without implants.


“Breast lipo-modelling has many roles and benefits in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery.  This involves taking fat from the abdomen or thighs and using it to boost the size of the breasts.

“The technique, which is derived from the fat grafting technique used for facial rejuvenation (lipo-filling), was initially used for breast reconstructive surgery; it has represented a very significant advance for women with breast deformities and for patients with sequelae after breast cancer surgery.

“Based on the positive results obtained in reconstructive surgery, fat grafting has progressively been adapted for breast enhancement and has developed into a full-fledged option in plastic breast surgery.  I prefer to use the term of ‘breast lipo-modelling’ to insist on the novelty of the method, as compared to the technique of fat grafting that was used twenty years ago for breast plastic surgery,” Dr Delay said.

Lipo-modelling is a valuable option for women who desire only moderate breast augmentation or who wish to restore and reshape sagging breasts caused by weight-loss, a pregnancy or following breastfeeding. Lipo-modelling can also be combined with breast implant augmentation, and give very good results as a Composite Breast Augmentation.


Dr Michelle Locke, Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Auckland said recent scientific advances in understanding fat biology and development of cutting-edge fat harvesting and processing technology have improved patient outcomes tremendously.

“These days most women are well informed about their options, with breast surgery patients being some of the most well-researched patients I have come to see me. In both my reconstructive and cosmetic practice, younger women, in particular, are keen to avoid the potential long-term issues that implants can cause. While we have been performing fat transfer for breast reconstruction for many years in New Zealand, the technique of lipo-modelling in the aesthetic field is in its infancy here.”


“There was an early concern with breast lipo-modelling, that it made it difficult to detect cancers of the breast. Many Specialist Plastic Surgeons have been cautious about undertaking this treatment and waiting for more evidence of safety. However, with the current state of the art radiology equipment and diagnostics, when undergoing breast lipo-modelling by a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience in the technique and breast imaging by a skilled radiologist, earlier concerns are now thought to be unfounded.  I find this technique particularly useful for any women with breast asymmetry or congenital breast deformities,” Dr Locke said.


Media contacts:

ASAPS – Julia Power, email: jpower@asaps.org.au or mobile: + 61 414 276 990

NZAPS: Lizzie Price, email: lizzie@cmq.co.nz or mobile: +64 276 957 744

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