Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer

Breast Augmentation By Fat Transfer

Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer is becoming even more popular with women making it an excellent alternative to Breast Transfers. But what is it?

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  • Breast augmentation with fat transfer
    • Also known as fat grafting or lipofilling.
  • Fat transfer can increase the size of your breasts by using your fat from other parts of your body.
  • Surgery
    • The results are soft and natural feeling.
    • Fat transfer is a day only procedure, performed under general anaesthesia in a major hospital.

Breast augmentation with fat grafting offers patients an alternative to breast implants. Breast augmentation with fat grafting compared to breast augmentation with implants is a very different approach with very different outcomes.

Fat grafting utilises fat that is first harvested by traditional liposuction techniques. The harvested fat is then processed by filtration and then re-injected in small droplets into the breast region. Each droplet of fat is then maintained by basic diffusion of nutrients from the surrounding tissues before establishing a more permanent blood supply over 1-2 weeks. Once the fat has survived, it will stay alive permanently. It will even increase in size or decrease in size with changes in weight.

Fat grafting is a technique that has been used for many years all over the body. More recently, the technique has become more refined and has seen the ability to harvest larger amounts of fat for injection.

Fat grafting is used in many areas of the body to fill defects that have come about through a variety of reasons, such as trauma, cancer or congenital defects. Most commonly, however, it is used in the setting of breast reconstruction following breast cancer treatment.

Over the last decade, there has been an increasing awareness and use of fat grafting in the setting of cosmetic breast augmentation. This technique offers a natural-looking and feeling volume increase of your breasts with the added benefit of reducing fat from unwanted areas. More, importantly, it avoids any concerns that patients may have with the use of silicone breast implants.

Remarkable as this technique is, lipofilling has some limitations. One of these limitations is that there is a variable rate of fat survival. This means that only a percentage of the fat that is injected will “take”. However, the fat that does survive is permanent. The rate of fat “take” is normally 70-90%, but this can vary between 30-90% depending on the quality of the fat harvest, the blood supply of the recipient tissue, the density and amount of scarring present at the recipient site and the technique of the surgeon. This variable “take” implies that fat grafting may require more than one surgery to achieve the desired result and that it can be difficult to guarantee a certain volume increase in your breast with this technique.

As you can see, the discussion about fat grafting for breast augmentation is complex. However, if you are interested in a completely natural-looking and feeling breast augmentation without the use of breast implants, you should consider fat grafting.

Dr Quoc Lam is a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a special interest in breast surgery. He frequently performs this procedure and would be happy to discuss it in detail with you. If you would like to take the next step in meeting Dr Quoc Lam, please contact Cranford House Plastic Surgery for an appointment.

Breast Augmentation By Fat Transfer FAQ’s

According to recent research, the fat transfer can last a while as long as the patient sustains a stable weight and doesn’t undergo any major hormonal changes.

Yes. After any plastic surgery, it is like that there will be some noticeable swelling around the area.  The swelling will stay noticeable for a few days before disappearing.

No. Unfortunately, the Breast Augmentation isn’t suitable for everyone. To be suitable for Breast Augmentation, there must be fat present to transfer across to your breasts. If unsure about the surgery for the Breast Augmentation, it is always best to speak to a plastic surgeon before making your decision.