What are the risks of fat transfer augmentation?

What are the risks of fat transfer augmentation?

Fat transfer augmentation is a procedure in which fat is harvested by liposuction and injected into the breasts.

If you are interested in enhancing the overall size and appearance of your breasts, you might consider fat transfer breast augmentation. Also known as autologous fat transfer, the procedure involves liposuction to harvest fat from other areas of the body before it is injected into the breasts for a natural-looking enhancement. The treatment is complex but can produce some excellent results for those who are looking for an alternative to breast implants. Although the procedure is considered safe and effective, as with any surgery, there are some potential risks. Read on to find out what the possible risks and side effects are, and whether it’s worth considering the treatment…

What are the risks and limitations?

Some of the possible risks associated with fat transfer augmentation include cysts, infection and necrosis, which is the death of fat cells. There is also the possibility that some of the transferred cells will leave the breasts.

Although the specialised technique enhances volume and achieves a natural look and feel, the treatment does have its limitations. One of its limitations is that there is a variable rate of fat survival. Only some of the fat that is injected will survive — although the normal rate of survival is between 70 and 90 percent, this rate can vary anywhere between 30 and 90 percent. The rate of fat survival will depend on several factors, including the quality of the fat harvest and the recipient’s blood supply. For these reasons, the procedure may need to be repeated to achieve the best possible result.

Why consider fat transfer breast augmentation?

Although it can be difficult to guarantee a specific increase in volume using the fat transfer technique, there are many benefits to choosing the treatment. The procedure often achieves a completely natural-looking and feeling breast augmentation without the use of breast implants.

Another advantage of fat transfer breast augmentation is that the required incisions are very small, which means that scarring is minimal. The procedure is a day only procedure and the recovery also tends to be relatively fast, although side effects such as swelling and bruising are completely normal. Your surgeon will let you know how to manage any discomfort that you experience.

What are the alternatives?

If the fat transfer procedure isn’t right for you, you might consider breast augmentation with implants. The treatment involves the surgical placement of breast prostheses to increase the volume of the breasts. Breast implants also help to enhance the overall shape of the breasts and can provide a more symmetrical and proportionate look.

 

How can we help?

At Cranford House Plastic Surgery, we offer a number of surgical breast procedures, including autologous fat transfer. If you would like to find out more about the procedure, please have a look here.

Dr Lam, our surgeon at Cranford House Plastic Surgery, also offers breast augmentation with implants. To find out what the process involves, please have a look here.

If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Besides breast augmentation, we also offer a range of other surgical breast, body and face procedures, as well as non-surgical treatments designed to improve your overall appearance.

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