Many women who wish to increase their breast volume think that implants are their only option. However, breast augmentation using fat transfer can deliver results that are just as beautiful, especially for women seeking a mild to moderate enhancement with a natural shape or in combination with a breast lift procedure.
Fat transfer also provides unique corrections that implants cannot achieve, including correction of regional or localized deficiencies such as tuberous or constricted breasts and in some instances can be performed in combination with implants to disguise rippling or achieve greater coverage or fullness in the cleavage area.
During surgery, liposuction is first used to harvest fat cells from other areas of the body before injecting them into the breasts, where they become incorporated into the existing breast tissue. Because fat transfer breast augmentation uses the patient’s own fat cells, there is little chance that the cells will be rejected by the body and the resulting augmentation can feel completely natural, and with no risk of rippling. Here are five tips for optimal breast augmentation results using fat transfer.
1. Ensure Candidacy
Not everyone is a good candidate for fat transfer breast augmentation. Ideally, patients should be interested in only a moderate increase in breast volume of perhaps about one full cup size. Furthermore, because the procedure removes fat cells from elsewhere on your body, typically around the hips, very thin patients may not have enough body fat to meet their desired appearance. Smokers are not good candidates.
2. Have Realistic Expectations
While fat transfer breast augmentation offers a natural alternative to implants, it’s important to maintain realistic expectations. The effects of fat transfer breast augmentation are limited, and the procedure cannot provide as large of a boost in breast size as implants can. Fat transfer results tend to be more subtle with the breasts maintaining their natural shape. If greater fullness is desired, more than one fat transfer surgery may be recommended, provided that adequate donor tissue is present. Implants, on the other hand, can create a more significant size difference and may alter breast shape to create a rounder look.
3. Harvest Fat Cells from Optimal Location
Typically, the hips are an ideal location for harvesting fat cells. This is because most women tend to store some extra fat around their hips and are also often all too happy at the prospect of slimming their hips as a byproduct of the procedure. This also tends to complement the procedure by accomplishing an improved hourglass figure with enhanced bustline and thinner waist.
For patients who prefer to harvest fat from other areas of the body, alternatives are a possibility, as long as you discuss your preferences with your surgeon ahead of time. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that some donor areas deliver better results than others. Your breast augmentation surgeon can review your options for fat harvesting during your pre-operative consultation.
4. Incorporate an Expansion Device
In order to prepare the breasts for augmentation, patients may use an expansion device, such as BRAVA® or Noogleberry®, which use a suction technique to pull the breasts away from the chest wall, activating the body’s natural production of new breast tissue, improving the blood supply, and encouraging the expansion of breast skin. Expansion devices can be an excellent way to prepare the breasts for fat transfer, although may not always be necessary to create beautiful augmentation results.
5. Choose an Experienced Surgeon
Selecting a skilled surgeon is arguably the most important step in ensuring the best possible outcome for your procedure. Because fat transfer breast augmentation is not as commonly performed as implant augmentation (and because of the particular complexities involved), it’s well worth your time to seek a surgeon who specializes in breast enhancement via fat transfer. Look into your surgeon’s background, credentials and experience, as well as view patient before and after photos to make sure your surgeon can deliver the quality that you want.« Back to Glossary Index