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Doctor insights on: Fat Necrosis After Breast Reduction

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Is there a cure for breast fat necrosis?

Is there a cure for breast fat necrosis?

No: A single patch of breast fat necrosis will leave a lump and a bit of deformity, which may be diagnosed on biopsy and/or removed surgically. It is unlikely to be due to any systemic disease, but dr. Singh is very wise to ask about injury. ...Read more

Dr. Tom Pousti
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Breast Reduction Surgery (Definition)

Reducing breast tissue mass and elevating the breasts on the chest wall tend to improve or alleviate many of the symptoms associated with disproportionately large breasts. It tends to be one of the most patient pleasing ...Read more


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What does fat necrosis (not of breast or newborn) look like?

What does fat necrosis (not of breast or newborn) look like?

Panniculitis: Fat necrosis is inflammation of the subcutaneous fat-presents with inflammatory nodules or plaques

presents as a wide variety of conditions
infection, external insults, malignancy and inflammatory disease ...Read more

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Describe the features of breast fat necrosis.?

Describe the features of breast fat necrosis.?

Painless lump: Fat necrosis of the breast often occurs after injury to the breast tissue. It typically causes a painless lump within the breast. If you have a lump in your breast, you should consider seeing a doctor to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How long should a fat necrosis breast lump persist?

How long should a fat necrosis breast lump persist?

Until taken out: Fat necrosis is a common occurrence wherever there are deposits of fat. There may be prior injury. The damaged tissue provokes an inflammatory response with scarring. The appearance can mimic breast cancer but is not a cause of cancer. Small lesions may resolve but most require removal if troublesome. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with breast fat necrosis?

No: Fat necrosis in the breast is usually the result of tramatic injury. This is also self limited. Surgery to the breast (enhancement, reduction, lumpectomy, biopsy, etc) can result in tissue damage that can manifest as fat necrosis - that is usually self limited. In 20 years, I have seen one patient with fat necrosis in the hip/buttock - that was due to impact trauma. I've not seen it in the breast. ...Read more

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How long should a fat necrosis breast lump last before healed?

How long should a fat necrosis breast lump last before healed?

Variable: Fat necrosis will often improve with time but particularly if it is a larger area it may never completely resolve. A lot of the diagnosis of fat necrosis involved the clinical scenario and impression. Imaging can often be helpful. A biopsy is the most definitive. Make certain your surgeon is sure it's fat necrosis. If there is any question about a lump see a breast surgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

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Can fat necrosis develop into breast cancer?

Can fat necrosis develop into breast cancer?

Not at all: Fat necrosis is a result of trauma to the breast, sometimes so minor that you may not even remember the event. Lump develops but usually there is a history of black and blue bruising for a short period of time. Generally, the lump decreases in size over a period of time and disappears entirely, though this may take several weeks or months. There is no risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Palpable lumpin breast. Mammo-benign calcification biradsiii. Fnac-inflammatory lesion possibility of fat necrosis. Lump reduced. Taking antibiotics. Next?

Palpable lumpin breast. Mammo-benign calcification biradsiii. Fnac-inflammatory lesion possibility of fat necrosis. Lump reduced. Taking antibiotics. Next?

See your doctor: For follow up. Resolution of a benign inflammatory breast nodule is good news. May repeat breast ultrasound in a few months to confirm complete resolution, and mammogram in 6 months. ...Read more

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I have been contemplating breast reduction surgery. Would I be able to sell the fat that will be removed?

I have been contemplating breast reduction surgery. Would I be able to sell the fat that will be removed?

No: I am not aware of any “buyers” interested in purchasing fat removed during breast reduction surgery. ...Read more

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What happens to the fat that is removed during a breast reduction surgery? What happens to the fat that is taken from the breast during a breast reduction surgery? .

What happens to the fat that is removed during a breast reduction surgery? What happens to the fat that is taken from the breast during a breast reduction surgery? .

Medical Waste: Usually tissue removed during breast reduction surgery is evaluated by pathologists to rule out any abnormality including carcinoma. Afterwards, it is discarded as medical waste. ...Read more

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Can a breast reduction procedure remove only fat and not milk ducts?

Can a breast reduction procedure remove only fat and not milk ducts?

Maybe...: Depending on the technique used, there may be enough breast tissue left (that produces milk), as well as intact breast ducts and the nipple, such that nursing will be possible. This is what I tell my breast reduction patients: that they may be able to nurse after a reduction, but I cannot guarantee it. ...Read more

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Can you get a breast reduction procedure which removes only fat and not milk ducts?

Can you get a breast reduction procedure which removes only fat and not milk ducts?

Yes: Liposuction can remove only fat from a breast and nothing else. However, not everyone is a candidate for liposuction reduction. While breasts feel fatty, they may be mostly glandular tissue which doesn't suction; this is more true in younger women. Also ls doesn't tighten tissue so fold irritation can continue. Many woman can breast feed after regular reduction if the nipples are left attached. ...Read more

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If sister gets a breast reduction, can she donate her boob fat so I can get bigger butt?

Fat transplant: No, unless you are an identical twin to your sister, her fat is genetically different enough from you that your body will reject it. Sorry! :- (. ...Read more

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I had breast reduction four months ago. I have hard tissue under my left aerola. Is it hard fat? I have a request for referral to see the surgeon.

I had breast reduction four months ago. I have hard tissue under my left aerola. Is it hard fat? I have a request for referral to see the surgeon.

Very likely: After a breast reduction you can have a scar from fat necrosis (fat that dies). A physical exam by your plastic surgeon can determine if it is indeed fat and he/she csn discuss a plan of action. Good luck, also make sure to check your pathology results. ...Read more

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How effective is liposuction in male breast reduction? My breasts are pretty large, and I'm considering a male breast reduction. Is breast tissue always removed, or is the problem normally due to fat in the breast? How much can I reduce the size of my bre

How effective is liposuction in male breast reduction? My breasts are pretty large, and I'm considering a male breast reduction. Is breast tissue always removed, or is the problem normally due to fat in the breast? How much can I reduce the size of my bre

Very effective: Liposuction is very effective on male breast reduction if there is no or little skin excess, little stretch marks and little breast tissue. But if there is skin excess or large gland, you will benefit from a surgical reduction which removes breast gland and skin. Liposuction could be used as an adjunct to smooth out the contour, the lateral chest roll or the top. ...Read more

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Will the surgeon remove armpit fat/excess breast tissue during breast reduction surgery?

Will the surgeon remove armpit fat/excess breast tissue during breast reduction surgery?

YES: That would be a part of the procedure, but make sure you discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long can fat necrosis last?

Depends: Upon the cause. There's a rare autoimmune disease which is sort of lifelong but goes dormant with intense immunosuppression.
There's necrosis from infection, trauma, surgical trauma and these don't last long at all if the underlying problem stops. ...Read more

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How high would serum lipase be to cause fat necrosis?

How high would serum lipase be to cause fat necrosis?

No specific level: Fat necrosis can occur when blood lipase is high due to pancreatisis. The the lesion may be intra-abdominal and occasionally in the fat elsewhere in the body. Fat necrosis can occur with normal lipase levels due to trauma to fat tissue. In diabetics, fat necrosis can occur without trauma and without elevated lipase.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How long is the process to get a breast reduction?

How long is the process to get a breast reduction?

Depends: If you are asking how long is process to get a breast reduction covered by insurance than you need to start by first contacting ins to see if this is a covered procedure. You need to have documented reasons for the reduction. This documentation helps to come from you primary care doc. It is also helpful to get as close to your ideal weight through diet and exercise before having surgery. ...Read more

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Do breast lifts also include some breast reduction?

Do breast lifts also include some breast reduction?

Depends: Breast lifts can include reduction given the goal. At minimum, skin is removed but this typically has little weight. The breast will be lifted and more compact which may result in a smaller bra cup size. ...Read more

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What's the difference between breast reduction or lift?

What's the difference between breast reduction or lift?

Very similar: Breast lift and breast reduction both involve reduction of the breast skin and underlying tissue to raise the breasts and create a more satisfactory shape, size and appearance. The scars are similar; around the areola, vertically down and possibly along the breast fold. The differences depend on how much tissue is removed and how much the breast size is reduced as with a reduction. ...Read more

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How do I get a breast reduction covered on my insurance?

How do I get a breast reduction covered on my insurance?

Persistence...: The best way to obtain insurance coverage for breast reduction surgery involves some “hoops” to jump through. The more documentation you have (for example, from your primary care doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor etc.) the better when it comes to obtaining insurance “authorization” for the procedure.
 Your plastic surgeon will help you through the process. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Breast reduction before or after having children is better?

Breast reduction before or after having children is better?

Generally after you: Are finished having children. I have had to re-do two breast reductions in patients who had children after their first reductions and whose breasts became very large again with pregnancy and nursing. On the other hand, I have done reductions in 15 yr-old girls with enormous breasts and severe neck and back pain because of them. ...Read more

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What cup size should I expect to get after breast reduction?

Depends...: Size after breast reduction surgery will depend on many variables. It will be important for you to communicate your goals with your plastic surgeon. I would suggest that you do not use cup sizes as a reference, because this form of communication can lead to confusion/misunderstanding. Goal pictures may be helpful. Most patients wish to and improve the proportionality of the upper /lower body... ...Read more

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How old do you have to be in order to get a breast reduction?

How old do you have to be in order to get a breast reduction?

Depends…: There is no specific age required to undergo breast reduction surgery. However, if you are under the age of 18, you will need parenteral or legal guardian consent. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will I still be able to nurse if I have had a breast reduction?

Will I still be able to nurse if I have had a breast reduction?

Maybe: Some reduction procedures leave more glandular tissue intact behind the nipple than others, so it will depend on the type of surgery and the individual. The possibility of successful breast feeding is definitely decreased by a reduction. ...Read more

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Questions about breast reduction? What happens if I gain weight later?

They get bigger: After a breast reduction your breasts will still get larger and smaller based on overall weight. ...Read more

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Will I regret getting a breast reduction? What do I have to decide beforehand?

Need Consultation: Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. Of course, every patient's case should be individualized; benefit versus risk ratios should be considered. Educate yourself about the potential risks/complications associated with the procedure. Choose your plastic surgeon carefully; ask to see lots of examples of his/her work. Best. ...Read more

Necrosis (Definition)

Necrosis is the the death of cells and tissue. In dentistry, root canals are often needed when the pulp tissue inside a ...Read more