Fat Transfer to the Breast
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Fat transfer to the breast, or autologous fat grafting, is a fairly new plastic surgery technique. This method removes fat from trouble areas like the belly, thighs, or buttocks, and then injects it into the breasts to increase volume. Fat transfer to the breast gives Austin patients larger breasts with a very natural look and feel.
What Are the Advantages of This Augmentation Technique?
Fat transfer breast augmentation offers a number of advantages over breast augmentation with implants:
- Fat grafting is a two-in-one procedure, since it increases breast volume while decreasing volume in trouble areas of the body.
- Fat transfer breast augmentation bypasses the need for insertion of saline or silicone implants. It is a permanent procedure, whereas breast implants must be replaced regularly and removed whenever a rupture occurs.
- Fat transfer to the breasts is an autologous procedure, meaning it uses fat from a patient’s own body. Because of this, the chance of rejection is minimal.
- Surgeons are able to shape breasts far more easily with fat transfer breast enlargement than with implants. Because of this, fat grafting is an excellent way to improve and correct breast asymmetry.
- Fat transfer breast augmentation carries no risk of capsular contracture, because the body does not form a scar-tissue capsule around the transferred fat.
Ideal Candidates for Fat Transfer to the Breast
Fat transfer breast augmentation is a good option for patients who are unsatisfied with their breast size. It is best for patients looking for a subtler volume increase, since it allows patients to go up one cup size. The procedure is ideal for patients who are looking for effective body contouring and are in good health.
Patients who do not have enough excess fat for transfer may not be ideal candidates for this procedure. Smokers are not ideal candidates, since smoking negatively affects skin health and the post-surgical healing process.
Before a date is set for the surgery, you will meet with a skilled plastic surgeon. They will walk you through the details of the process, and you will tell them about your desired results. Aspects discussed will include:
- Your desired breast size and appearance
- Your preferred sites for contouring and fat removal
- Where the incisions will be made
- The steps you will need to take to prepare
- The recovery process
The two of you will discuss your complete medical history. A physical exam will be performed, and photographs will be taken to help the surgeon create a surgical plan for the procedure.
At the start of fat transfer breast augmentation surgery, the fat harvesting and injection areas are marked. Popular areas for fat harvesting include:
- Love Handles
- Inner and Outer Thighs
- Upper Arms
After anesthesia has been administered, fat harvesting is performed via liposuction on one or more chosen locations. This involves a small incision and insertion of a cannula (a thin tube with a sharp end), followed by removal of fat through medical suction. This will be a gentle process in order to preserve the health of the fat cells.
After harvesting the necessary amount of fat, a centrifuge is used to remove blood, water, and oil from it, along with any dead or damaged fat cells. What remains is the healthy fat required for the surgery.
The transfer process is then performed, during which small amounts of fat are injected into the breasts. This requires a high degree of precision. The fat cells are deposited in locations where they can connect to the blood supply and thrive, offering long-lasting results.
Recovering After Fat Transfer to the Breast
A patient’s recovery will depend on the number of harvest sites and the amount of fat removed. Generally, there will be a degree of swelling and bruising in the breasts and the fat extraction sites. Soreness lasts up to two weeks after the procedure.
Light walking starting the day after surgery is encouraged. Other recommendations include sleeping on one’s back in order to avoid pressure on the breasts and not participating in physically taxing activities like heavy exercise for four weeks.
It takes about four months for breast size to fully settle and become permanent. After this, patients can see the final results of their fat transfer breast augmentation.
How Much Does Fat Transfer to the Breast Cost?
The details of each patient’s fat grafting procedure determine its overall cost. The price of fat transfer to the breast is impacted by the amount of fatty tissue removed and transferred, the number of harvest sites chosen, the time needed to perform the procedure, and many other factors.
Find Out More
At Austin Plastic Surgery Institute and Skin Care Clinic, our experienced plastic surgeons regularly perform fat transfer to the breast and a number of other procedures. To find out more about fat transfer to the breast in Austin, contact us and arrange your informative consultation.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.