How Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Works & What Results to Expect
If you’re unhappy with your breast size and are considering breast augmentation, you may be wondering if fat transfer is a good option. Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, is a surgical procedure that can produce natural breast enhancement results by using fat cells from another part of the body to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. In this guide, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about fat transfer breast augmentation: the benefits, the differences between breast implants vs fat transfer, which are ideal candidates for fat transfer surgery, the side effects and risks of fat transfer surgery, the cost of fat transfer surgery compared to breast implants and the recovery process from fat transfer surgery.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that can be used to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. There are two main types of breast augmentation: implants and fat transfer.
Implants are silicone or saline sacs placed under the breast tissue or muscle to add volume. Fat transfer involves taking fat from another area of the body, such as the thighs or stomach, and injecting it into the breasts to add volume.
Why do women choose to have breast augmentation surgery?
There are many reasons why women choose to have breast augmentation surgery. Some women feel that their breasts are too small or asymmetrical, and others may want to improve their appearance after a mastectomy or other breast surgery. Additionally, some women want to enhance their breasts for aesthetic purposes. Regardless of your reason for considering breast augmentation, you must consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure that the surgery is right for you.
What are the benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation?
Fat transfer breast augmentation can provide many benefits, including:
- Natural results: One of the most significant advantages of fat transfer breast augmentation is that it can create natural-looking results. This is because the fat cells used for this procedure come from your own body, so there’s no risk of rejection or complications associated with using artificial implants.
- Enhanced breast size and shape: Fat transfer can increase your breasts’ size and help improve their shape. This is because fat grafting allows your surgeon to contour the fat cells to create the desired results.
- Safe procedure: Fat transfer is a safe surgical procedure with few risks and complications.
- Minimal scarring: Because fat transfer breast augmentation doesn’t require an incision to insert implants, minimal scarring is associated with this procedure.
- No implant: For some women, having a foreign object implanted in their body is very unappealing. Fat transfer may be a good option for you if you’re one of these women since it doesn’t require implants.
What are the differences between breast implants vs fat transfer?
Now that we’ve discussed some of the benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation let’s look at the differences between fat transfer and breast implants. One of the most significant differences in the procedures is the size of breasts that can be achieved. Breast implants can provide much larger breast enhancement results than fat transfer. However, fat transfer can provide more subtle results that may be a better option for some women.
Other key differences:
- Results: Fat transfer can create very natural-looking results, while implants tend to look more artificial.
- Risks and complications: There are more risks and complications associated with breast implants, such as infection, capsular contracture and implant rupture.
- Recovery: The recovery from fat transfer is usually shorter and less painful than the recovery from breast implants.
- Cost: Breast implants tend to be more expensive than fat transfer.
How does fat transfer breast augmentation work, and what can patients expect?
Fat transfer breast augmentation is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that patients can go home the same day as their surgery. The fat cells are first harvested from another body area through liposuction. Once the fat cells have been removed, they are purified and injected into the breasts.
- Liposuction: During fat transfer breast augmentation, fat cells are first harvested from another body area through liposuction. Liposuction is a fat removal procedure using a small, hollow tube called a cannula to suction fat from specific body areas.
- Purification process: Once the fat cells have been removed, they are purified and injected into the breasts. The purification process is essential to remove any impurities from the fat cells that could cause complications.
- Injection: The fat cells are injected into the breasts using a needle or cannula. The injection site will be determined based on the amount of fat that needs to be injected and the desired results.
- Recovery: After fat transfer breast augmentation, patients can expect bruising, swelling and soreness. These side effects are usually mild and will resolve within a few weeks. It’s important to avoid strenuous activity so that the fat cells can settle into their new location and begin to grow. Patients can expect a gradual increase in breast size over the next few months as the fat cells continue to grow. It’s important to note that fat transfer is not a one-time procedure. In most cases, multiple fat grafting sessions will be needed to achieve the desired results.
Fat injection is not linked to breast cancer, and fat transfer is a safe and effective way to enhance the breasts without implants. However, breast implants have a minimal risk of developing breast cancer. This is because the implants can interfere with the mammogram, making detecting breast cancer in its early stages difficult.
One of the benefits of fat transfer is that it is a long-lasting procedure, and the fat cells injected into the breasts will continue growing and surviving in their new location. This means that patients can expect to see long-lasting results from fat transfer. In some cases, the results may even be permanent.
The success rate of fat transfer breast augmentation is relatively high. In most cases, patients can achieve their desired results with just one fat grafting session. However, in some cases, multiple fat grafting sessions may be needed to achieve the desired results. The number of fat grafting sessions that a patient will need will depend on the amount of fat that needs to be injected and the desired results.
Fat transfer to breasts can feel very natural. The fat cells injected into the breasts will grow and survive in their new location, and the fat cells will continue to grow and change over time, just like the fat cells in your natural breasts. This means that fat transfer can give you a natural-looking and feeling result.
Maintaining fat transfer is simple. Once the fat cells have been injected into the breasts, they will continue growing and surviving in their new location. This means you will not need to do anything special to maintain your results.
What is the process of getting breast implants?
The process of getting breast implants isn’t complicated. First, the surgeon will make an incision in the breasts. Next, they will insert the implants into the pockets that they have created. Finally, they will close the incisions with stitches or staples. The whole procedure usually takes less than two hours to complete. Recovery from surgery can take anywhere from a few days to a week. Patients will need to take it easy and avoid any strenuous activity during this time. They may also experience some swelling, bruising and soreness. These side effects should resolve within a few weeks.
There are two main types of breast implant materials: saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, and silicone implants are filled with a gel that feels similar to human fat. Both types of implants come in different sizes and shapes. The surgeon will determine the implant’s size and shape based on the patient’s desired results.
There are a few risks associated with breast implants. First, there is a small risk that the implant could rupture. If this happens, the gel inside the implant could leak into the body. Second, there is a small risk that the implant could become infected. Third, there is a small risk that the implant could cause capsular contracture. This is when the scar tissue around the implant tightens and squeezes implant. Fourth, there is a small risk that the implant could interfere with mammograms. Fifth, there is a small risk that the implant could move out of place. Finally, there is a small risk that the implant could cause changes in breast sensation. These risks are all rare and can usually be resolved with surgery.
Are there reasons to use fat transfer with implants?
There are several reasons to use fat transfer with implants:
- Fat transfer can help to create a more natural-looking result.
- Fat transfer can help to increase the size of the breasts without the need for larger implants.
- Fat transfer can help to improve the shape of the breasts.
- Fat transfer can help to improve the symmetry of the breasts.
- Fat transfer can help to fill in any hollow areas in the breasts.
- Fat transfer can help to camouflage any imperfections in the breasts.
- Fat transfer can help to provide a more youthful appearance to the breasts.
- Fat transfer can help to correct any asymmetry that may be present in the breasts.
- Fat transfer can help to improve the overall contour of the breasts.
- Fat transfer can help to provide a more natural-looking result when used in conjunction with implants.
Who are ideal candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation?
Ideal candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation are women who:
- Are looking for a safe, minimally-invasive alternative to implants.
- Want natural-looking results.
- Have enough fat to harvest from another area of the body.
- They are in good overall health.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is not suitable for everyone. You may not be a good candidate for fat transfer if you have very little fat to donate, have had previous breast surgery, or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Additionally, fat transfer is not an option for women seeking a significant increase in breast size.
What are the side effects and risks of fat transfer breast augmentation?
Side effects and risks associated with fat transfer breast augmentation are typically minimal and can include:
- Bruising and swelling: Bruising and swelling are common side effects after surgery. However, these side effects should subside within a few weeks.
- Fat necrosis: Fat necrosis is a rare complication when fat cells die after being injected into the breasts, and this can cause hard lumps to form under the skin.
- Asymmetry: As with any breast surgery, there is a risk of asymmetry or uneven results. However, this can usually be corrected with additional surgery.
- Infection: There is a small risk of infection associated with fat transfer breast augmentation.
- Rippling: Rippling is a rare complication that can occur if fat is injected too close to the surface of the skin, and this can cause the breasts to look rippled or lumpy.
- Bleeding: Bleeding is a rare complication that can occur if fat is injected into a blood vessel, and this can cause the fat cells to die and lead to other complications.
- Pain: Some patients may experience pain or discomfort after fat transfer breast augmentation. However, this is usually mild and can be managed with pain medication.
- Scarring: There is a small risk of scarring associated with fat transfer breast augmentation.
- Numbness: Numbness is a rare complication that can occur if fat is injected into a nerve, and this can cause the area to feel numb or tingling.
What is the cost of fat transfer breast augmentation?
The cost of fat transfer breast augmentation is typically lower than the cost of breast implants, and this is because fat transfer doesn’t require an implant, which can be a significant expense. Fat transfer is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, so you won’t have to pay for a hospital stay. The average fat transfer breast augmentation cost is $6000, while the average cost of breast implants is $8,000.
What is the recovery process like after fat transfer breast augmentation?
Recovery from fat transfer breast augmentation is typically straightforward and can take a few days to a week. During this time, you may experience some bruising and swelling. It’s essential to rest and avoid strenuous activity during your recovery, and it would help if you also slept with your head elevated to reduce swelling. Most women can return to work within a week.
When was fat transfer breast augmentation first used?
Fat transfer breast augmentation was first used in 1895 by a Japanese surgeon named Dr Yukichika Takagi. He injected fat into two women’s breasts seeking to increase their breast size.
Surgeon Robert Gersuny is credited with popularising fat transfer breast augmentation in the United States. He began performing the procedure in the early 2000s and has helped hundreds of women achieve their desired results. Since then, fat transfer has been used for various purposes, including facial rejuvenation, body contouring, and breast augmentation.
Does breast augmentation through fat transfer work?
Yes, fat transfer breast augmentation is a safe and effective way to enhance the breasts, and it offers a natural alternative to implants and can provide beautiful, long-lasting results. If you’re considering fat transfer breast augmentation, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure.
What do plastic surgeons do?
Plastic surgeons are medical doctors who specialise in repairing, reconstructing, or replacing physical defects and abnormalities of the body. Plastic surgery is a broad field that includes both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery is performed to improve a person’s appearance, while reconstructive surgery is performed to correct functional impairments.
When choosing a plastic surgeon for fat transfer breast augmentation, selecting a registered plastic surgeon with experience performing the procedure is essential. You should also look for a surgeon who offers 1-1 consultation so you can learn more about the procedure and ask any questions you may have.
During your consultation, ask about the surgeon’s experience, success rates, and before-and-after photos of fat transfer breast augmentation. You should also ask about the risks and side effects associated with the procedure.
After your consultation, you should feel confident in your decision and understand what to expect from fat transfer breast augmentation.
Is breast augmentation with fat transfer worth it?
Fat transfer breast augmentation is worth it for many women, and the procedure can provide natural-looking, long-lasting results. Fat transfer is typically less expensive than implants and has a shorter recovery time.
Fat transfer is considered a safe and minimally invasive procedure; the risks and complications are usually minor and can be easily treated. Additionally, fat transfer breast augmentation doesn’t require an implant, so there’s no risk of rejection or complications associated with using artificial implants.
Contact Sheikh Ahmad today for a free consultation
If you’re considering fat transfer breast augmentation, consult with Sheikh Ahmad, an experienced board-certified cosmetic breast and aesthetic surgeon with clinics in Harley Street London, Truro Cornwall, Birmingham, Exeter and Cardiff. You can also visit our Fat Transfer procedure page where we have further details and FAQ’s
Sheikh Ahmad has over 30 years of experience with cosmetic surgery, making him one of the most qualified and experienced surgeons in the heart of Britain. He specialises in providing the highest patient care and top-quality results by bringing new and innovative research to cosmetic surgery.