If you’re asking what fat transfer breast augmentation is, you may be searching for a natural way to add volume and lift to your breasts. Fat transfer breast augmentation may be accomplished using a fat transfer method, also known as autologous breast augmentation.
Fat transfer breast augmentation involves removing far from one another part of the body, e.g. the buttocks, thighs, or abdomen. These fat cells are then purified and injected into your breasts. The result is more natural-looking because your body’s own fat is used to shape and contour your breasts. It’s also considered a much less invasive procedure than breast implant augmentation.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is for women in search of a small but noticeable increase in their breast size. Recent advances in the procedure allow for greater fat volume transfers to successfully add more fat to the breasts.
How Does a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Work?
Once the fat cells harvested from another area of the body are transferred to the breasts, reabsorption of some cells occurs. Your plastic surgeon expects this, so the breasts are initially “over-filled.” After the procedure, your breasts heal in approximately three months. The transferred fat remains in your breasts and tiny blood vessels grow into the fatty tissue. This blood supply increases your breast volume over a longer period of time.
After a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure:
- Expect reabsorption as a natural part of the healing process. Your breasts will get slightly smaller after your body heals.
- Recognize that future weight changes can affect your body’s shape, including your breasts.
- Know that your fat cells enlarge or diminish when your body weight changes. If you plan to lose weight, it’s best to lose it now before your fat transfer breast augmentation procedure.
Maintain your fat transfer breast augmentation by living a healthy lifestyle, consuming a nutrient-rich diet (mostly vegetables and fruits), and maintaining a regular exercise regimen.
Fat transfer breast augmentation uses completely natural fat from your body. It provides a less invasive option for contouring and shaping your breasts. Your own fat may be used to fill an area after a lumpectomy or simply create more symmetrical breasts.
To determine if you’re a candidate for fat transfer breast augmentation, tell the doctor about your commitment to a current healthy lifestyle. To be evaluated for this procedure:
- You must have sufficient extra fat before the procedure
- Your overall health is good to excellent
- Your skin has sufficient elasticity
What Are the Benefits of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
Many patients in search of breast augmentation worry that traditional implant surgery looks and feels unnatural. They’re in search of a more natural result.
In addition, it’s possible to lose fat where you don’t want it and add it to your breasts. Liposuction is a slimming procedure. Because fat transfer breast augmentation is less invasive, there’s little to no scarring after you heal. It is considered safer for many patients because no foreign objects, i.e. implants, are placed in your body.
What Is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Like?
Dr. Kovanda performs liposuction to release excess body fat from an area of your body. It’s possible to slim your waist, hips, thighs, or another area at the same time.
After the fat is collected, Dr. Kovanda ensures that the fat is purified and ready for injection into your body. Because your own natural fat cells are used, you don’t face rejection of the fat used to fill your breasts.
The fat is then precisely injected into the parts of each breast to achieve optimal aesthetics, fullness, and symmetry.
Your fat transfer breast augmentation takes about an hour from start to finish. You shouldn’t need a lot of downtime. The average patient rests a few days after the procedure with little to moderate discomfort. You’ll receive a compression garment to reduce post-procedure swelling.
When you return home, new blood vessels are established and developed in approximately six weeks. During this time:
- Avoid pressure on the breasts (about two weeks)
- Don’t wear a bra
- Don’t sleep on your tummy or place direct pressure on the breasts
If your job doesn’t involve a lot of standing or physical activity, the doctor may give the green light to return to work in several days. If your job is more physically demanding, you may need five to seven days to recover.