Fat Transfer – Breast
Fat transfer breast augmentation uses liposuction to take fat from other areas of the body and inject it into the breasts. This option is great for women who are looking for a subtle increase in breast size and natural-looking results. And because fat transfer uses the patient’s own fat, there is no implant to exchange in 10 years.
Women whose breasts have a nice shape and good skin tone can often benefit from fat transfer to the breasts. Those with sagging skin or those who want a significant increase in breast size are commonly not good candidates. A consultation with Dr. Perry can help to determine if this procedure is right for you.
The fat transfer breast augmentation procedure begins with harvesting your fat. You and Dr. Perry will select a donor site (commonly the abdomen or thighs), and liposuction will be used to extract excess fat cells. Then the fat will be purified and processed, and then placed into small syringes. This fat will then be meticulously injected into the breasts for a subtle augmentation.
Featured Procedure Video:
We’ve just finished doing the fat transfer to the breast on the right side. We have put in fat into the subcutaneous space, around the breast, and then filled the upper, outer quadrant.
There’s always a depression in here, so we’re trying to fill that depression to give a nice, smooth slope to the breast. And then we’ve filled in all four quadrants, you know, in order to give a more natural breast. Then to the fat transfer, so that it looks natural.
The other part, the advantage is the fat lasts forever. Fat doesn’t go away. It lasts forever. It’s not like an implant that you have to exchange in 10 years. So this is the idea of the advantage of the fat transfer.
So I think it’s a natural-appearing augmentation. You can’t make a terribly big breast. You can’t make it much bigger, but you can make a more natural-appearing breast, a more youthful looking breast. That’s an example of fat transfer on the right side, and we’re gonna get ready to start the fat transfer on the left side.
Following fat transfer breast augmentation, swelling and bruising will occur. Compression garments are to be avoided since the augmentation used live cells. It is advised that patients take 1-2 weeks off from work to recover. Most of the swelling usually resolves by the third week, and makeup can be used to camouflage any residual bruising.
The areas where fat was transferred will appear softer and fuller, though the survival of fat depends on how the fat was harvested, purified, and injected. Some fat will be absorbed by the body, so the results seen directly after the procedure will not be as pronounced after healing. Most patients can expect to retain 50-80% of the fat transferred.
If you are located in the Miramar, FL area and would like to learn more about fat transfer breast augmentation, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry.
- How long am I going to be swollen after the procedure?
- The majority of patients will see their swelling majorly decrease after about 2-3 weeks. The locations that we pulled the fat from will be swollen for a longer period of time. Most patients report that they feel like they are looking great by about 3-4 weeks.
- Does this procedure require anesthesia?
- It depends on the individual case. If we are extracting just a small volume of fat, we can occasionally complete the procedure with local anesthesia. However, larger volumes always require that the patient be sedated with anesthesia.
- Is all of the fat that is transferred retained?
- Not 100% of the fat will be retained. It can take some time for the fat to be fully absorbed into breasts. Most patients can anticipate retaining about 50-80% of the transferred fat.