While a number of our patients choose an implant for their breast augmentation, newer techniques and natural options have become increasingly prevalent and available. Fat grafting – or fat transfer – is growing as an exciting and natural option for small breast augmentation.
What is involved in breast augmentation with fat grafting?
Breast Augmentation with fat grafting involves the harvesting and transfer of fat cells to a more desirable location, in this case, the breasts. Fat is harvested via the standard liposuction technique. Typically our patients choose to remove fat from the love handles, abdomen or hips.
The harvested fat is then processed in the operating room by our plastic surgeon. The processed fat is then put into small syringes and safely injected into the breast tissue to improve the size of the breast and cleavage, and then give the upper pole fullness that is often lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Who is a good candidate for fat transfer to the breast?
Breast augmentation with fat transfer has very different outcomes as compared to breast augmentation with implants. Fat is only able to give moderate enlargement of the breast and improvement of shape.
For patients complaining of gapping of the top of their bra, injected fat into this area will give more fullness. It will help them to fill out their bra size, but not necessarily change their bra size.
What if your breasts are sagging after pregnancy and need a lift?
Combining fat grafting to the breast with a breast lift is one of the most popular surgeries for new mothers. The lift will restore the shape and position of the breasts, and the added fat gives back the volume and fullness that they had lost.
What is the recovery like for this surgery?
Recovery from fat transfer to the breast is usually well-tolerated in patients. Liposuction sights may have a burning feeling that persists for some time, however, the breasts themselves are often less sore. There are very few restrictions after a liposuction procedure, and many patients elect to have surgery on a Friday and return to work the following Monday.
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