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Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction as a Treatment of Fat Necrosis After Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction: A Case Report

Caterson, Stephanie A. MD; Tobias, Adam M. MD; Slavin, Sumner A. MD; Lee, Bernard T. MD

doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e3181453b8f
Breast Surgery

A single case is reported utilizing ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) to treat fat necrosis after deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap breast reconstruction. UAL treatment resulted in softening of the fibrous fat necrotic areas, while maintaining acceptable breast contour. UAL is safer and less invasive than traditional treatments for fat necrosis including direct excision and suction-assisted liposuction.

From the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Division of Plastic Surgery, Harvard University, Boston, MA.

Received May 8, 2007 and accepted for publication June 19, 2007.

Reprints: Bernard T. Lee, MD, 110 Francis Street, #5A, Boston, MA 02215. E-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.