June 7, 2023

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Lipomodeling is now reimbursed by Social Security

Lipomodeling is now reimbursed by Social Security

The Essential

  • Breast cancers at an early stage of diagnosis have a survival rate of more than 87%.
  • Each year, nearly 59,000 women are diagnosed with the disease and more than 12,100 die.

“Lipomodeling is now supported by health insurance. In a press release, the French Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (SOFCEP) recalls the occasion of Pink October, now reimbursing fat transfers as part of breast reconstruction.

Where did this technique come from?

Introduced in the 1990s, fat transfer (also known as lipomodeling, lipofilling or adipose tissue autografting) is primarily a facial treatment to help AIDS patients. The procedure was made possible by the work of New York plastic surgeon Sidney Coleman, who first designed and standardized the procedure. Launched in 1998, Dr. Emmanuel, head of plastic surgery at the Lyon Beard Cancer Prevention Center in Lyon, has been optimizing late, lipomodeling breasts.

Since January 2015, the High Authority of Health has confirmed its use for the chest. And from October 1, 2017, only within the framework of reconstructive surgery, lipomodeling will be covered with new codes for this intervention by health insurance, known as CAM (General Classification of Medical Actions) “Autologous adipose tissue”.

“Lipomodeling makes revolutionary changes in breast reconstruction”

“This treatment is limited to breast reconstruction, the consequences of conventional treatment, significant abnormalities and deformities such as tuberous breasts or Poland syndrome”, Specify surgeons.

They concluded: “Lipomodeling has made revolutionary changes in breast reconstruction, especially in reconstructive surgery after conservative treatment of breast cancer and deformities”.