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Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer
- What Is a Natural Breast Augmentation?
- Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Candidates
- Breast Fat Transfer Pros & Cons
- Natural Breast Augmentation Procedure
- Natural Breast Augmentation Recovery
- Breast Fat Transfer Results
- Breast Fat Transfer Risks
- Breast Augmentation Using Fat Transfer Cost
What Is a Natural Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer?For patients seeking an alternative method of breast augmentation, Dr. Neil J. Zemmel can use fat grafting to create a fuller breast without the use of a breast implant. Fat grafting, sometimes referred to as “natural” breast augmentation or fat transfer, utilizes your body’s own excess fat cells to add breast volume for results that can look exceptionally natural. The fat cells used during the procedure can be harvested via liposuction from a number of body areas – including the abdomen, thighs, or love handles – and can give you the added benefit of a more contoured silhouette. Some of our patients at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery have also chosen this innovative fat grafting technique for breast reconstruction surgery.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer?In order to be a good candidate for a natural breast augmentation using fat transfer, a patient should exhibit the following qualities:
- Wish to enhance breast shape and/or size
- Prefer a more natural alternative to breast implants
- Have enough excess fat that can be harvested for transfer
- Are in overall good health
- Have realistic expectations about the outcome
What Are the Pros & Cons of a Breast Fat Transfer?There are many benefits to breast fat transfer, but as with most procedures, there are also some limitations to be aware of.
Pros of Breast Fat TransferA major advantage of fat transfer is that it is a more natural way of adding fullness to the breasts. This is especially beneficial for patients wanting to improve their breast symmetry, as they can often achieve the subtle increase they need to create a more balanced breast appearance. Since breast implants are not used, you can avoid possible complications typically associated with them, such as implant rupture, displacement, signs of rippling, and capsular contracture. You can also avoid the larger incision lines that are required for implant placement. When you undergo liposuction for harvesting fat cells, Dr. Zemmel only needs to make small incisions, which are placed in areas that can easily be concealed. As a result, scarring is typically less noticeable with breast fat transfer. In addition, grafting fat from one area of the body to increase volume in the breasts offers the secondary benefit of contouring the donor site. This can provide more dramatic body shaping results, helping you achieve the overall physique you desire.
Cons of Breast Fat TransferWhile many women have achieved their desired look with a natural breast augmentation, you should understand there are limitations to the procedure. Leaner patients with minimal excess fat are not good candidates, because they may not have enough fat for transferring. Those wanting a significant increase to their breast size may also not be right for fat transfer. This is because fat transfer is typically limited to one cup size. Implants are recommended for those wanting to go up multiple cup sizes. Also, you should be aware that if you undergo a breast fat transfer, a portion of the fat will be absorbed by the body (approximately 30%). This is an inevitable and expected part of the process. However, since some of the fat is absorbed, you may notice your initial results beginning to decrease. To help you achieve your desired size, some patients choose to undergo a second procedure for additional fat transfer. Keep in mind, though, that breast fat transfer tends to cost more than traditional breast augmentation with implants. This is due to the process involving essentially two procedures—liposuction and fat injections.
How Is a Natural Breast Augmentation Procedure Performed?The first step of the fat grafting procedure is to harvest fat cells through liposuction from an area of the body with fatty tissue to spare. Typical areas include the abdomen, flanks, and thighs. During the consultation process, Dr. Zemmel will help you select which area of the body might be best.
Once these fat cells are harvested, Dr. Zemmel processes the tissue in a centrifuge to purify and concentrate the fat grafts. The grafts are then gently loaded into syringes for injection into the breasts. Dr. Zemmel uses the most gentle technique possible to not harm the fatty tissue and to preserve as much of the fat grafts as possible. Since each injection is fairly small, Dr. Zemmel is able to precisely control the new volume and shape of the breast to meet your personal needs and expectations. Fat grafting does not require incisions. Dr. Zemmel places the grafts through a tiny needle puncture site that leaves essentially NO SCAR.
By performing liposuction of the abdomen or flanks at the same time as your breast augmentation with fat transfer, you will have a reproportioned upper and lower body. Your abdomen, flanks, and thighs will be thinner and rejuvenated, and your breast will be fuller and lifted.