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Autologous Fat Grafting Common in Breast Surgery

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Fat grafting is commonly used in reconstructive surgeries of the breast, according to research published in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Russell E. Kling, of the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues surveyed 2,584 members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons regarding frequency and specific techniques for fat grafting to the breast.

The researchers note that 456 plastic surgeons completed the questionnaire (response rate, 18 percent). Among the respondents, 62 percent reported current use of fat grafting for reconstructive breast surgery and 28 percent reported current use of the technique for cosmetic breast surgery. The most common use of fat grafting to the breast was as adjunctive therapy to implant or flap surgery.

"Because of the increasing prevalence of patients with fat grafting to the breast, the collection of clinical data and the establishment of a national prospective registry to track outcomes after aesthetic and reconstructive applications are recommended," the authors write.

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