Choosing A Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Over A Breast Lift
If you do not like the appearance or size of your breasts, you may want to look into one of any number of options. The procedure you choose will depend on what you want and need and the issues you want to resolve with the process. Fat transfer breast augmentation is a new way to increase your breast size. It gaining a lot of limelight because it is a natural way to enhance your breast. Before you make a decision, it is important to understand the difference between your options.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation will actually increase the cup size you wear by putting implants into your breasts to give you a larger size. The implants are either saline or silicone. Saline is cheaper, but can sometimes leak. Silicone often gives women a better peace of mind. Benefits of this type of surgery include giving the woman the look she wants, minimal scarring, or scarring that is in an inconspicuous location, and breasts that are larger in size.
If the woman who wants a breast augmentation has sagging breasts, this procedure may not be enough and she might have to have a breast lift in addition to the augmentation. It can be done in one single procedure or you can do the augmentation first and see the results and go back later for the lift.
What is a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
During a Fat transfer breast augmentation, fat is harvest from another part of the body through liposuction and then injected into the breast. It is a natural way to subtly increase your breast size. This type of breast augmentation is perfect for those women who are looking for a small enhancement to their breast size.
How Does Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Work?
This is a three-phased treatment that involves harvesting healthy fat cells from another body area, and then injecting these cells into the breast to create a plumper, fuller look.
Phase #1 – Harvesting
You and your surgical team will pick the best place to remove fat from. This is typically the outer thigh or buttocks region. A local anesthetic is applied to the area, an incision is made, and fat is suctioned out of the incision. This procedure is known as liposuction.
Phase #2 – Purification and Transfer
After the fat is removed from the donor area, it is processed and prepared for transfer. The specialist may use a centrifuge or a filter to remove any impurities before relocation can occur.
Phase #3 – Placement
The breasts will be prepared to receive the transfer. The transfer is done by placing individual lines of fatty tissue along natural contour lines. After placement, the grids of fatty tissue may be further massaged into place.
How Much Can I Enhance My Breasts With Fat Transfer?
Natural fat transfer cannot achieve as much increase in volume as implants but typically can boost breast size by up to one cup size. Since the fat must come from somewhere on your body, it is difficult to remove large enough quantities to safely make large increases to breast size. If you want to add more volume, once the initial procedure is completed, you may want to schedule a subsequent fat transfer treatment.
If you are looking for a modest increase in breast size, fat transfer breast augmentation may be the right choice. A good candidate should have breasts with a nice shape and even skin tone. Fat transfer is ideal if you want your breasts to have a naturally fuller or more even appearance.
How Much Fat Will Be Retained?
It is expected that between 50-80% of the transferred cells will become viable. Fat retention depends on where the fat was sourced and your genetic tendencies. As with other procedures, living a healthy lifestyle before and after increases the chance of fat retention.
How Long Do Results Last?
The fat cells that become viable are there for the duration. While bodies change over time, you can expect long-term results from the procedure.
The more fat retained, the more permanent the results. If the injected fat successfully establishes a new blood supply from the body, it will receive the nourishment it needs to thrive.
Pros and Cons of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
As with any medical procedure, fat transfer breast augmentation has pros and cons.
|Using fat from your body reduces the chance of an allergic reaction from a synthetic filler.||Fat transfer breast augmentation is not ideal for large enhancement procedures.|
|Fat transfer results are safe, natural, and long-term.||Two procedures, on different parts of the body, need to be performed.|
|Compared to other breast augmentation procedures, it is noninvasive.||Fat transfer can be more expensive than traditional dermal fillers.|
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift raises and firms the breast and gives you a new contour. This procedure can give you more cleavage since your breasts will be in a new position, but it does not make the breasts any bigger than they are. There are many benefits to this procedure including a new look and position for drooping breasts, a repositioned nipple for a natural look, and a younger, more perky contour along with firmer breasts.
Breast lifts are great for sagging breasts, but they can leave a little more scarring than augmentations. Some women are disappointed they their breasts do not get bigger with the procedure so they overall result may not feel or look as dramatic. However, this procedure is great for women who have had children or women who are gaining age and losing breast tissue. Sagging breasts can cause many issues.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation FAQ
Still, have more questions? Check out 10 commonly-asked questions and answers below.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
To be a good candidate for any fat transfer procedure, you first need to have a good donor area. That is, somewhere on your body from which fat can be taken. You should also be healthy, with no circulation problems.
What Are Some Common Donor Locations?
Common areas to remove fat for transfer are the thighs, waist, and buttocks region. Fat can be removed from anywhere on the body where there is a large enough accumulation.
Will I Have Scars After?
The incisions in this procedure are small and are not typically done in noticeable locations. There may be some small scars from the donor location after liposuction is performed, but they can fade over time and are placed in hidden locations. There is usually very little scarring at the transfer site due to the small diameter of the needle used to perform the procedure.
How Long Will It Take Me to Recover?
Everybody is different. It takes time to recover from both the liposuction procedure and the transfer procedure. Many patients say they were ready to go back to work within seven to 10 days. Full recovery may take up to three months.
How Long Is the Actual Procedure?
Fat transfer breast augmentation is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day. The entire procedure takes about two to four hours.
Is Fat Transfer Permanent?
The outcome of this procedure produces long-term, lifelong results. If your body accepts the new cells well, the rejuvenating effects can be permanent.
Can I Get a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation at the Same Time as Other Fat Transfer Procedures?
Usually, it is recommended for the fat transfer breast augmentation procedure to be done as its own procedure. There are many procedures that use the fat transfer method, but it is generally recommended that these procedures not be combined to avoid complications.
Can Other Parts of My Body Benefit From Fat Transfer?
Yes! Fat transfer can be used to enhance the buttocks, as a facial fat transfer, or to restore a youthful appearance to the hands. This procedure can be applied anywhere on your body that you feel needs more volume.
Can I Get the Fat Transfer Reversed?
In many cases, a reversal can be accomplished through a micro-liposuction procedure. A reversal may be necessary if the body rejects the fat cells or if the placement grid does not heal properly.
How Much Does a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost?
The cost will depend on your specific procedure, as well as the experience of the doctor. Certain aspects like the amount of fat that is transferred or the donor location may affect the price. These procedures typically start around $5,000.