Natural Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
If you are seeking a natural alternative to breast implants, breast augmentation via fat transfer may be an option for you. Fat transfer to the breasts involves harvesting excess fat from one area of the body for relocation to the breasts. Also referred to as “fat grafting,” fat transfer is a more conservative, “natural” method of breast enlargement. This procedure essentially offers patients the benefit of two body contouring procedures in one: liposuction of one area in order to enhance and rejuvenate another. Our board-certified plastic surgeon*, Christopher Godek, MD, and Christina Pasick, MD can talk with you about your best options for breast augmentation and determine whether this innovative treatment is right for you.
- Benefits of Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
- Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Candidates
- Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Procedure
- Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Recovery
What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer?
Breast augmentation with fat transfer offers a variety of benefits for women who are considering their options for breast enhancement. The advantages of this technique are as follows:
- Breasts that appear larger and fuller
- Improved breast shape
- Reduced risks associated with the placement of foreign objects in the body
- The technique does not result in scars on the breasts since no incisions are required in the transfer of the fat
- In comparison to breast implant procedures, most patients are able to recover more quickly
- Fat reduction and recontouring of another area of the body to harvest fat cells necessary for breast augmentation
Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer?
The best candidates for natural breast augmentation are typically individuals who are in relatively good overall health, have realistic expectations for the potential results, and have an adequate amount of excess fat in another area of the body for transfer to the breasts. The most common areas targeted for the liposuction component of this procedure include the abdomen, love handles, hips, or thighs. It is also important to note that breast augmentation with fat transfer is often not the best treatment option for patients who want to significantly enhance the size of their breasts. Natural breast augmentation can generally increase the breasts by about one cup size; therefore, this procedure is usually a good option for women who are looking for a more subtle enhancement of their breasts.
You and the doctor will discuss your aesthetic goals during the initial consultation to determine whether traditional breast augmentation with implants or breast augmentation with fat transfer is the ideal option for you. In some cases, a combination of both breast implants and fat grafting can produce the most optimal results. Rest assured that all of our practice’s procedures are customized to create the best possible outcome and the most natural-looking breast enhancement.
How Is Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Performed?
Breast augmentation with fat transfer first involves liposuction on the area (or areas) of the body that has been designated as the “donor” site. This step of the treatment will require surgical incisions; however, the incisions necessary for liposuction are very small, leading to barely-noticeable scars. Once the excess fat has been harvested from the area, it will go through a filtering and purification process to prepare for injection into the breasts. Our plastic surgeon will then delicately inject the fat cells to enhance breast volume while carefully recontouring the breasts and improving their shape. Since our plastic surgeons will not need to make incisions for this part of the procedure, there will be no residual scars on the breasts.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer?
Temporary side effects such as bruising, swelling, and soreness can be expected in the breasts as well as the areas that were treated with liposuction. These effects typically fade over 5-7 days. Many patients who undergo breast augmentation with fat transfer are able to resume work and other daily routines within one week. Some individuals may notice that initially the breasts look a bit larger than they expected; however, this is a normal effect, as a certain percentage of the transferred fat cells will be reabsorbed by the body. Our plastic surgeons advise their patients to avoid activities or exercises that may cause excessive strain for several weeks following the natural breast augmentation procedure.
Would you like to learn more about breast augmentation with fat transfer procedures? Please contact the Personal Enhancement Center with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Godek or Dr. Pasick.