Because fat grafting uses fat from the patient’s own body for breast augmentation there is less chance for rejection. This means that the procedure is open to many candidates. It can be especially useful for people unsatisfied with their breasts who also have excess fat and would like to avoid the risks of breast implants.
Before breast enhancement with fat transfer, you will meet with Dr. Yuan for consultation. He will discuss your medical history and goals for the procedure.
The procedure begins with harvesting fat from your body, either from one location or multiple. If one area has a particularly large amount of excess fat, that might serve as the only harvest site. Body areas that are good as donor site include
In general, each surgery can increase your breasts by one cup size. Depending on your condition, the total fat transfer could be between 200 cc to 400 cc. Any enlargement beyond that would usually require additional procedures.
Fat grafting can last longer than traditional implants. It does not need replacement over time. Whatever growth remains after about three or four months after surgery will become permanent.
Complications are rare with fat grafting, but those that can occur include:
The American Society of Plastic Surgery has determined that structural fat grafting to the breast is safe and does not lead to a higher rate of breast cancer. There also is no evidence that fat grafting to the breast makes it more difficult to detect breast cancer.
Breast augmentation can improve the size and shape of breasts and correct asymmetry.
Structural fat grafting specifically can lift sagging breasts, improve the shape, and even cover up existing implants.
Other benefits of fat grafting for breast augmentation include:
Ideal candidates for breast augmentation with fat transfer:
It’s important to understand that there are limitations to the increase in breast size that can be achieved using fat transfer. If you are looking for a significant change in the size of your breasts, implants may be a better option.
Your recovery from structural fat grafting depends mainly on how many donors sites your doctor used for fat. You will likely experience bruising and swelling in those areas. Your breasts may be bruised and swollen, but in most cases, you’ll experience little or no pain. Soreness can last for approximately two weeks after the surgery, paresthesia may last several months before gradually returning to normal sensation.
You may be able to return to work in about a week. Most bruising and swelling should go away within about three weeks, but minor swelling can linger for up to six months.
You are encouraged to walk beginning the day after surgery and can return to light exercise in two weeks unless the procedure is done with fat grafting to another area. You can wear a soft supportive bra during the postoperative period.
Breast augmentation poses various risks, including:
Correcting these complications might require more surgery, to either remove or replace the implants.
Traditionally, breast augmentation is performed with saline or silicone breast implants. This method delivers beautiful results that enhance the size and shape of your breasts. To a certain extent, you can decide the size of your breasts after the surgery. You also avoid the discomfort in the area where fat is harvested. But there are some downsides for breast augmentation with implants
Breast augmentation with fat transfer eliminates these issues. Fat transfer provides permanent results that don’t require a revision procedure down the road. Many of the complications associated with breast implants are avoided by using a fat graft. In the process, you can also remove the unwanted fat from other areas and use it as a graft for augmentation. In addition, because you are using a natural enhancement method, your new breasts will look and feel natural. The potential downside of fat transfer include:
If you are interested in breast augmentation or have further questions, please feel free to contact our office.