Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Pros and Cons
Fat transfer breast augmentation is considered a safe and long-lasting procedure that helps many patients experience the volume and self-confidence boost that they have been missing. The Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation removes fat from one area of the body, then transfers it to the breasts. This defines the breasts, boosts volume, and helps with overall body contour.
To find out whether you are a candidate, you should speak with a professional cosmetic surgeon. Finding a qualified surgeon you trust is essential. Speak with someone who understands your goals and seeks to find the best procedure to help you achieve your desired results.
What Is a Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer may also be called fat grafting or fat injecting. During this procedure, the cosmetic surgeon harvests fat from one area of the body, carefully processes it and injects it into the desired area. A cosmetic surgeon will determine which areas are best to remove fat from. A cannula (a tube-like tool) is inserted through a tiny incision in the skin. This allows the cosmetic surgeon to take the fat from this area. This is sometimes done through liposuction. The fat is then carefully processed and inserted elsewhere. Generally, the goal is to create natural-looking results in areas that lack volume or definition.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation gives the breast a more defined, fuller look. Augmentation of breasts may enhance the body’s contour, create fuller breasts, and boost self-confidence. Breast augmentation surgery can take several forms but is most commonly known to implement implants. However, breast size can also be increased through a fat transfer procedure. This procedure takes fat from one location of the body and replaces it in the breast region.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
When a cosmetic surgeon transfers a patient’s fat to their breast area, it is referred to as a fat transfer breast augmentation. It is essentially a combination of the two procedures. A candidate may decide on, or be recommended, this procedure for many reasons. With fat transfer breast augmentation, many patients can accomplish two goals at the same time without having to go through two different procedures.
How Is the Fat Transfer Procedure Performed?
There are certain steps cosmetic surgeons take in order to achieve optimal results. Your cosmetic surgeon can walk you through the process before it begins, helping address any questions or concerns you may have. During the procedure, fat is selectively removed from certain areas of your body. Then, it is carefully processed so that it can be injected into other areas and achieve positive results.
Your cosmetic surgeon will choose the area most suited for fat removal. The predetermined area is injected with anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Next, the fat is removed from the body through a small incision. The surgeon then cleans, prepares and purifies the fat, preparing it to be transferred into your breast region.
The fat-receiving site can also be referred to as the augmented site. This area is prepped by the cosmetic surgeon before the fat is injected. As with the area where fat is removed, a small incision is made at the transfer location. Fat is then carefully injected with a small cannula or syringe at multiple levels. Cosmetic surgeons use precise techniques to grid the new fat into place to achieve the desired look.
How Is Breast Augmentation Performed?
There are several options when it comes to breast augmentation, including many different implant options. These implant options include saline and silicone implants. However, breast augmentation can also be performed as a fat transfer procedure. Although breast implants are regulated by the FDA, patients need to periodically have check-ups on their implants with their plastic surgeon. Additionally, these implants may need to be replaced and are not considered lifelong.
With fat transfer breast augmentation, patients do not typically have the same upkeep. Sometimes patients may need multiple sessions to get their desired look and size. Your plastic surgeon can speak with you about goals and expectations for the fat transfer into your breast and address any questions you may have.
An initial consultation provides patients the opportunity to speak to a cosmetic surgeon about goals and expectations for the procedure, as well as any concerns they may have. These consultations are the perfect time to ask the surgeon questions you may have about the procedure.
The surgeon will take into account everything you mention, in addition to your medical history, and will determine if the procedure is the best option for you. In the case that it is not, the cosmetic surgeon may recommend another procedure or a combination of procedures to achieve your desired results. During this consultation, they may ask you a variety of different questions.
These questions typically concern your current medications and prior surgery experiences. Your medical record is taken into consideration. In addition to these questions, your surgeon may do a full health evaluation to determine any risk factors. They will discuss estimated recovery times and expected outcomes of the procedure, as well.
How Do I Prepare?
Once you have decided to have a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure with your cosmetic surgeon, you will get instructions on a number of subjects. Guidelines your doctor gives you may require lifestyle changes. These are put in place to keep you safe during your procedure and to help you achieve the best results. Your cosmetic surgeon will walk you through the process before the procedure, addressing any questions or concerns you have so you can feel comfortable.
It is recommended that patients stop smoking before the scheduled procedure. Ignoring this recommendation could potentially lead to poor healing. Your surgeon may advise you to avoid certain medications. You will need to schedule a ride to take you home after your surgery, as you will not be able to drive.
Individual procedures can vary, so each person’s guidelines may vary, as well. Your surgeon will keep in contact with you and discuss when you can resume normal activities. Your surgeon may require you to limit certain daily activities or recommend other post-operative care measures.
What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
Fat transfer breast augmentation procedures vary from individual to individual, depending on a variety of factors. A common question is a length of the procedure, which fluctuates based on where fat is taken, as well as the quantity transferred. You may be provided certain medications or anesthesia to make you as comfortable as possible. After the procedure has concluded, your cosmetic surgeon will take you to the recovery area and you will typically be allowed to leave shortly thereafter.
Recovering From the Procedure
Your cosmetic surgeon will give you an estimation of recovery time before you can resume normal everyday activities, as well as how long you should take off work. When in the recovery area, you will receive further instructions about your aftercare. These instructions should detail normal symptoms you may experience, as well as any causes for concern.
Special care needs to be taken for areas that had fat extracted. Your cosmetic surgeon will instruct you on how to care for these areas. The most common symptoms that patients experience may be bruising and swelling. During the first couple of weeks, doctors generally recommend patients limit daily activity.
How Long Do Results Last?
The longevity of results depends on a range of factors and varies from person to person. Pre-operative care, post-operative care, and how the surgery was performed can contribute to how long results last. Fat grafting success requires a qualified surgeon with expertise in that field. That being said, each individual body is different and may react differently to the procedure. The fat that has been injected, if done successfully, will remain at the injection site and form a blood supply. There are some instances where fat is not able to do this. As a result, some patients may need to get touch-ups from their cosmetic surgeon.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Pros and Cons
There are many reasons an individual may contemplate fat transfer breast augmentation. Speaking with a qualified plastic surgeon can help determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure. Your plastic surgeon will recommend the best treatment procedure for you and your needs.
- Your body can look more youthful
- Your body contour can look more proportionate
- Your breast volume may increase
- Breasts may feel and look fuller
- Fat transfers can be long-lasting
- Fat transfers can produce natural results
- Removes unwanted fat, while adding volume to the breast area
- The fat comes from your own body and is your own tissue
- Desired results may require multiple sessions
- Depending on location, not all of the fat cells will be viable and survive
- It will take some time for the final size and shape to be realized
Am I a Good Candidate?
Fat transfer breast augmentation is not right for everyone. In order to augment the breasts, fat will need to be grafted to produce volume. Some patients desire augmentation of their breasts with their own natural tissue as opposed to using implants. Those who have contour or appearance irregularities or have obvious signs of breast implants may be good candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation. Your plastic surgeon can evaluate your goals and determine the best procedure for you.
Selecting a Surgeon
When considering fat transfer breast augmentation, it is essential to research cosmetic plastic surgeons. When you meet with a potential cosmetic surgeon, take mental notes of how you feel with their office and staff. You want to spend time with a professional that you trust. Your cosmetic surgeon should listen to what you want out of a procedure, review your medical history, perform a complete exam and thoughtfully determine the right procedure for you. They will make sure you are comfortable throughout and will walk you through the entire procedure before it begins. They will provide you with answers to any questions or concerns you may have, making you satisfied with your decision.
At Sadrian Plastic Surgery, a dedicated team of professionals will ensure you understand the fat transfer breast augmentation process and answer any questions you may have. Their qualified team will provide you with an individualized evaluation to assess your goals and determine if the fat transfer procedure is the right for you.