Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
An alternative to implants, breast fat transfer uses liposuction to remove fat cells from the stomach, hips, and other fat-abundant body areas, and then places it in the breasts. Other terms for this procedure include: fat grafting, fat injections, lipotransfer, natural breast augmentation, and autologous fat transfer.
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About the Procedure
Fat grafting has been called a natural form of augmentation, most well known for its results garnered during a Brazilian butt lift. The same concept can be applied to breast augmentation. Unwanted fat deposits are first liposuctioned from the patient, the fat is purified, and then injected into the breasts. Fat grafting is a good alternative for patients who are concerned that their body may not accept a foreign material. Since the fat is patient derived, there is no worry that the injected material will be rejected. Before the breast augmentation, a liposuction procedure will be performed first. Fat can be harvested from anywhere on the body but is most commonly taken from the stomach or thighs. Once retrieved, the fat will be cleansed and purified. Purifying the fat ensures the maximum amount of fat takes to the breasts. Specialized syringes will be used to inject the breasts with small amounts of the purified fat in different areas. Evenly placing the fat across the breasts helps to ensure the most fat will survive. However, not all of the fat will take to the new location, and more fat will likely be injected to overcompensate for the expected loss.
The goal of a breast augmentation with fat transfer is to increase fullness and projection of the breasts, improve balance of breast and hip contours, and/or enhance self-image and self-confidence.
What to Expect
An alternative to implants, breast fat transfer uses liposuction to remove fat cells from the stomach, hips, and other fat-abundant body areas, and then places it in the breasts. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a breast augmentation with fat transfer.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications 2 weeks prior
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 2 days before
- Do not take ephedrines or asthma medicine 2 days prior
- No thyroid medicine the day of surgery
- No caffeine after midnight the day of surgery
- Liposuction procedure performed
- Fat is purified
- Fat is injected into the breasts
- More fat will be injected into the breasts to compensate for an expected amount of fat to not take to the new area
Initial recovery time will be approximately 1-3 days after a breast augmentation with fat transfer. The complete healing process can vary, taking between a few weeks to a few months depending on the extent of the liposuction procedure. Full results are usually visible 6 months postoperatively.
The ideal candidate for a breast augmentation with fat transfer wants to improve the appearance of their breasts after reconstruction, lumpectomy, tuberous breast correction or to repair implant-related issues like rippling and wrinkling.
Not Recommended For
A breast lift with fat transfer is not recommended for patients who do not have sufficient fat for transfer.
Side effects from a breast augmentation with fat transfer may include bruising, numbness, pain, and asymmetry. Other serious side effects can include excessive loss of blood, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, fat necrosis, and unsatisfactory results.