Breast Reconstruction with External Expansion and Fat Grafting

  • Carlo M. OrangesEmail author
  • Martin Haug
  • Mathias Tremp
  • Daniel F. Kalbermatten
  • Dirk J. Schaefer


The use of autologous fat grafting (AFG) is widely used in plastic surgery for both reconstructive and aesthetic indications, in particular for breast and buttock augmentation and facial rejuvenation. AFG is a simple and effective procedure presenting several advantages. Among them, the possibility of combining liposuction of areas with unpleasant accumulation with volumetric enhancement and reshaping of anatomical regions where augmentation is sought. Moreover, regeneration capacity is recognized to the graft, as a copious literature has investigated the role of adipose-derived stem cells contained in its stromal vascular fraction. Importantly, this potential has encouraged its clinical application for the therapy of scars, scar-related conditions, and burns.


Breast reconstruction External volume expansion EVE Fat grafting Lipofilling Lipograft 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlo M. Oranges
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martin Haug
    • 1
  • Mathias Tremp
    • 1
  • Daniel F. Kalbermatten
    • 1
  • Dirk J. Schaefer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic, and Hand SurgeryBasel University Hospital, University of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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