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Cirugía Plástica Ibero-Latinoamericana

versión On-line ISSN 1989-2055versión impresa ISSN 0376-7892


CERVILLA LOZANO, Juan Manuel. Advantages of autologous fat graft over alloplastic implant in tuberous breast. Cir. plást. iberolatinoam. [online]. 2020, vol.46, n.3, pp.259-269.  Epub 07-Dic-2020. ISSN 1989-2055.

Background and objective:

After touring the different techniques for the repair of the tuberous breast from the 70`s until now, we conclude that there is no easy procedure and free of complications both by the technique itself and by the use of alloplastic implants.

We compare the disadvantages and advantages, indications and complications of fat transplantation versus alloplastic implants in order for the plastic surgeon to take into consideration the fat transfer technique when carrying out the reconstruction procedure of a tuberous breast, since this technique can yield better results than the sole use of implants.


A retrospective study was carried out on 40 patients with tuberous breasts corrected by using a fat autograft and with a postoperative follow-up of 23.4 months.


Total number of operated patients was 40, each one operated on in 2 stages. The usual technique was that of Coleman for infiltration of the fat graft. We present 8 cases, 2 for each degree in relation to the Von-Heigburg classification, and its resolution.


In our experience, fat implant is the technique of choice in this process because the scars are minimal, the breast shape is more natural, excludes complications of alloplastic material and it´s a simple procedure with a quick learning curve. Besides, associated liposculpture is an important value, postoperative care is simple, and complications are uncommon

Palabras clave : Tuberous breast; Autologous fat graft; Lipofilling; Alloplastic implant; Breast implants; Breast prosthesis.

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