Breast Augmentation Surgery with Fat Transfer
Fat injections are fast becoming the natural alternative to implants.
Versatility is the hallmark of fat transplantation. It can be injected anywhere on breast to achieve contours impossible with conventional implants. It is frequently used around existing implants or after breast lift (mastopexy) procedures to enhance upper pole fullness and to treat rippling or visible implant edges.
Transplanted fat is living tissue. It needs to be injected in smaller volumes than that of artificial implants in order for it to survive. A portion of this fat will not survive beyond the first few weeks. Most fat injections involve approximately 200cc of fat per breast and result in half-cup size augmentation. The procedure, however, can be repeated at three-month intervals if adequate fat deposits remain elsewhere on the body.
Sometimes called lipomodeling, breast augmentation with fat began in the 1980s. Initially, there was concern that this procedure would produce confusing mammogram changes & potentially conceal cancers. These worries have not proven to be a real problem. Modern breast imaging techniques have no problem distinguishing fat from cancer.
Who’s An Ideal Candidate For Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer?
Unlike a breast implant where the implant goes under the breast gland, fat goes over the breast gland.
If you inject fat into the breast gland directly, there’s lots of connected breast tissue which doesn’t like to stretch. So we inject between the skin and the gland and that envelope of tissue varies from woman to women. The more stretchy that tissue that’s there the more fat can be placed there and the better result can be achieved with the fat augmentation.
But it is different in that you cannot fit lots of fat in one treatment because it won’t fit, so women for seeking a larger augmentation, implants are a better option.
Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Considerations
Women who have issues with their breast tissue in the past or have a higher risk factors for developing breast cancer should not breast augmentation with fat transfer because it can change the appearance on a mammogram sometimes.
Advantages of Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
- Less expensive
- Minimally invasive with less trauma to the breast
- No visible scars
- Can be done as an office procedure totally under local anesthesia
- Avoids tissue or foreign material (implants) rejection because the fat is an autologous graft
- Fewer postoperative complications
- Touch up procedures are easily performed
- Fat transfer does not make the performance on a future breast implant placement more difficult
Key Facts About Your Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
Typical Duration: 2 hours
Work: 2-3 days
Exercise: 4-6 weeks
Final Results: 3 months