Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer
This revolutionary surgery is opening a new frontier in breast augmentation. For years, saline and silicone implants were the most often used methods for augmentation, and now, after years of medical research, plastic surgeons are able to use patient’s own fat to increase breast size. Plastic surgeons have transplanted fat to the breast since 1995, but the results have been variable due to varying techniques, surgeon’s ability, and patient responses. Although relatively uncommon even today, its potential is amazing as there are no incisions and it is a more natural breast enhancement option. However, studies still support equal safety in all the above mentioned methods.
The premise of this procedure is simple, the surgeon simply harvests fat cells from one part of the body and then injects it into another. It is known as autologous fat grafting or transfer. This process typically increases breast size by one cup size. It is important that the patient has enough excess fat that can be harvested for injection into the breasts.
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Your initial consultation with Dr. Gupta is designed to facilitate good communication, which we believe is the key to making successful choices. Dr. Gupta will collect a full medical history, do a thorough examination and listen carefully to your desired goals. Once he has listened to your concerns, he will interject his thoughts, from both a scientific and artistic perspective. Together with you, he will formulate a treatment plan that is right for you. As a patient, you will spend a considerable amount of time with Dr. Gupta as well as with office staff preparing and planning for your procedure. Photos will also be taken.
The second visit will entail you and Dr. Gupta developing a detailed plan for your procedure. It is at this appointment where you will view the photographs taken at your initial consultation. As you discuss your concerns and analyze your images, Dr. Gupta will map out a plan to use as a blue print for surgery.
Dr. Gupta takes a holistic approach to breast augmentation — enhancing both the size and shape of the breast while ensuring that the result is harmonious with the entire body. He will discuss the steps required to achieving fuller, natural looking breasts. At the end of this consult, you will feel empowered with information as all your questioned will be answered.
It is natural to be nervous about any medical procedure. It is Dr. Gupta’s goal to make you feel calm and confident about the next steps of your upcoming breast augmentation. The doctors and staff are devoted to warmly attending to each of our patients needs.
All patients must avoid taking aspirin (or anti-inflammatory drugs) for at least 10 days prior to breast augmentation with fat transfer surgery. This is because such medications may induce blood-thinning. Patients who smoke are also asked to stop for at least two weeks prior to the procedure — because smoking complicates the healing process.
On the morning of your procedure doctors recommend that you wear loose-fitting clothing, and make some arrangement for transportation home after surgery. Further instructions will be provided during consultations.
There are two sequential procedures performed on the same day. First, Dr. Gupta will carefully harvest fat from another area of your body. Once the fat is removed via a small syringe, it is then washed. Secondly, the fat is injected meticulously and uniformly into the breast area.
Many precautions are taken to ensure maximum survival of fat tissue. These precautions include avoiding trauma at the harvest site, careful refinement of the harvested tissue, and injection of the fat in small aliquots instead of large portions. It will normally take 4-5 hours or more.
Recovery and Results
Once your breast augmentation with fat transfer is complete, your initial recovery time will be approximately 1-3 days. Over the next few weeks, any swelling and soreness will resolve. The complete healing process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Dr. Gupta will continue to observe you carefully during your healing process, and will advise you when you can resume your normal daily activities. Full results are visible after approximately 6 months.
To learn more about the entire rejuvenation and recovery process, please visit our Breast Augmentation Recovery page.
What are the indications for breast augmentation with fat transfer?
- general breast augmentation
- restoration to pre-pregnancy breast size, shape, and appearance
- correct embarrassing size discrepancies
- restoration following surgical lumpectomy procedures
- Correcting deformities or wrinkling resulting from previous implants
What are the advantages of fat transfer breast augmentation?
- the augmentation uses no foreign bodies, but rather your own natural fat
- harvesting the fat from the donor site can enhance the contours and shape
of that area (liposuction)
- the breast can be shaped and sculpted in a detailed manor
- there are minimal incisions thus reduced scarring
- it can disguise breast implants
- leaves a softer feel to the breast
How long does breast augmentation with fat transfer surgery take?
This technique takes longer than traditional breast augmentation with implants. It typically takes 4-6 hours. The reason for the increased length of time, is that the fat must be harvested carefully and must be prepared for re-injection, then slowly and meticulously re-injected to create an aesthetic, natural appearance.
How much does breast augmentation with fat transfer cost?
This procedure typically costs more than implants. Since each case is so unique, exact quotes can only be given after your initial consultation.
Does breast augmentation with fat transfer leave scars?
The entire procedure is carried out with multiple 2-3 mm incisions, thus leaving scars that are barely noticeable. It does take about 6 months for the scars to fade.
Does breast augmentation with fat transfer hurt?
The discomfort associated with this procedure has been compared to that after liposuction. It lasts about 5-7 days, but Dr. Gupta will ensure that you have adequate pain medication to keep you comfortable. Return to light activity at this time is fine. You may return to work if you have a desk job in about 1-2 weeks. Strenuous exercised can be resumed at the 1 month mark. Be sure to check with Dr. Gupta to evaluate your progress before doing so.
What are some of the complications associated with breast augmentation with fat transfer?
- calcification/lumps (can occur with any breast procedure, thus monitor with
mammograms and physical exams
- difficulty in detecting tumors
- deformity at donor site
- cyst development
- fat necrosis
- fat may get reabsorbed overtime and thus breasts may be slightly smaller than
immediately post op
The good news is that this procedure doesn’t require open incisions, thus there is less risk to damaging nerves, blood vessels and ducts as compared to other surgeries.
Who is a candidate for breast augmentation with fat transfer?
- healthy women with a normal mammography
- enough body fat for re-injection
- reconstruction candidates
- those considering implants