The cosmetic procedure known as breast augmentation enjoys widespread popularity. In fact, it held the distinction of being the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in 2021, with a remarkable 365,000 breast augmentations recorded. A contemporary twist on this procedure involves fat grafting breast augmentation, often termed “natural breast augmentation.
The average cost of breast augmentation ranges depending on the type of procedure. Using breast implants allows for a more straightforward and relatively more affordable breast augmentation.
However, for women who prefer a more natural look and feel a fat grafting breast augmentation surgery may be under consideration.
What Is Fat Grafting Breast Augmentation
A fat grafting breast augmentation is essentially a combination of two procedures: breast augmentation and liposuction.
We use liposuction to take natural body fat from areas of the body with excess fat. The abdomen, torso sides, and thighs are typical fat harvest areas. The removed fat is first purified and then injected into the patient’s breasts.
The combination of the two procedures provides body sculpting or reshaping benefits in addition to breast enhancement. Patients can lose fat and slim down certain parts while enhancing their cup size.
Benefit of Fat Grafting for Breast Augmentation
Compared to breast augmentation procedures that use saline or silicone implants, a fat transfer is much more natural. As the fat used comes from the patient’s own body, they thus have a very minimal risk of developing an allergic reaction. Saline and silicone implants sometimes trigger such complications.
Additionally, a fat transfer breast surgery does not require large incisions in the chest area. This lends to the more natural look post-operation, as there are no large, visible scars.
Unlike traditional breast implants, this technique carries no risk of rupture and eliminates the need for replacement down the line. Your own fat is harvested from one area of your body and carefully transferred to your breasts, resulting in a natural and long-lasting augmentation that beautifully complements your body’s contours.
Fat transfer isn’t limited to standalone breast augmentation; it can also be a valuable adjunct to traditional breast implant surgery. In cases where the implant edges are visible or the upper pole needs a fuller appearance, fat transfer provides an elegant solution. By strategically injecting your own fat around the implant, our skilled surgeons can create a seamless and more natural look, ensuring your breast augmentation achieves the results you desire.
Limitations of Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer
Fat grafting breast augmentation using natural fat transfer has many benefits, but it has its share of disadvantages as well. We urge women to consider fat transfer breast surgery to ensure they are aware of the limitations of the procedure.
- There is a chance the body may reabsorb the injected natural fat and diminish the augmentation
- Unlike implants, a fat transfer does not provide a lift. For sagging issues, we advise looking into a separate breast lift procedure
- The procedure does not provide a large enhancement. At most, patients only increase their cup size by one
Based on these limitations, breast implants may be more beneficial for women who are looking for significantly visible enhancement and lift.
Recovery From Breast Augmentation
Breast surgery recovery may vary from woman to woman. The healing period is also greatly influenced by the type of procedure and the surgical skill of the doctor.
We recommend that breast augmentation patients rest for around four to six weeks for a full recovery. Strenuous activities such as heavy lifting and overworking are not advisable during this period.
Since a fat transfer breast augmentation involves surgery, patients are prescribed compression garments to put pressure on the liposuctioned areas. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with post-surgery pain during the first 24 hours after the procedure. Although patients may feel sore following the surgery, we also highly recommend walking around to get the blood flowing.
Like all other surgeries, whether cosmetic or not, patients must understand the benefits, risks, and limitations of the procedure. Consulting with a cosmetic surgeon or an individual doctor can help ensure patients are well-informed before making their decision.
Fat Grafting Breast Augmentation Cost
When considering fat grafting breast augmentation, it’s essential to keep in mind that the total cost can vary based on several factors. The starting price for this procedure typically begins at $4,000, which includes liposuction from one area. However, patients should be prepared for potential additional expenses, including fees for liposuction from multiple areas, the surgeon’s expertise, facility fees, preoperative tests, postoperative care, and miscellaneous expenses. Moreover, geographical location can also play a role in pricing, with urban areas generally having higher costs. It’s crucial to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific goals and receive a personalized cost estimate tailored to your needs.