Plastic Surgeon Dr. Deutsch Performs Fat Grafting Procedures for Body Sculpting, Breast Augmentation and Reconstruction

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Dr. Deutsch, an Atlanta plastic surgeon, has noticed an increase in fat grafting procedures for body sculpting and breast enhancement. This procedure is growing in popularity, especially as a breast augmentation alternative to standard implants. Dr. Deutsch explains the benefits and concerns relating to the procedure for breast enhancement and reconstruction.

Dr. Mark Deutsch, M.D., FACS

Fat harvested from the flanks and thighs can be used to fill in contour defects after reconstruction with either a flap or an implant.

Using one’s own fat to sculpt the body or increase breast size is a growing procedure in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Mark Deutsch, MD, FACS, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon of Perimeter Plastic Surgery, noticed an increase in the request for this procedure. Known as fat grafting or lipoinjection, the procedure is typically performed to plump and rejuvenate the face or hands, but popularity, curiosity and demand to use the procedure for primary breast augmentation is growing.

The most commonly grafted areas include the hands, face, lips, as well as areas of the body where depressions exist caused by previous liposuction procedures. Fat grafting is also frequently used to fine tune breast reconstruction procedures following lumpectomies or mastectomies, or to disguise the edges of or rippling caused by already existing implants.

Fat is one of the most well tolerated fillers and is a completely natural substance. Since the fat is taken from the patient’s own body, patients that chose fat grafting do not have to worry about rejection or allergic reaction. Additionally, because fat is harvested from the thighs, buttocks or abdomen, the procedure can simultaneously sculpt other areas of the body. There are minimal incisions, creating less risk of scarring.

“I use fat injections frequently in my breast reconstruction patient population,” says Dr. Deutsch. “Fat harvested from the flanks and thighs can be used to fill in contour defects after reconstruction with either a flap or an implant.”

There are, however, many concerns and potential risks associated with fat grafting, especially if the procedure is chosen for primary breast augmentation (versus a breast lift or saline or silicone gel implants). The longevity of the procedure is not well known, as it is possible for transplanted fat cells to be absorbed by the body, liquefy, form a cyst, calcify or even die (fat necrosis), ultimately resulting in scarring, and loss of volume or lumps in the breast. Patients interested in the procedure should consult with a skilled cosmetic surgeon.

Dr. Deutsch is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in general, plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Deutsch is one of the top plastic surgeons in Atlanta and has two office locations in the Atlanta area. For more discussion of the breast reconstruction procedures that Dr. Deutsch offers, visit or call (770) 461-4824 to schedule a consultation.

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