Following treatment for breast cancer, many women want to restore the natural shape and size of their breasts in a subtle way, rather than gaining much more volume. In this case, fat transfer (or fat grafting) breast augmentation can be a great option because it uses fat cells from the woman’s own body to enhance the look and feel of her breasts. Fat transfer can be used with or without additional breast implants, and can help you boost your self-confidence, giving you natural and beautiful results.
Contact us online today to learn more about your options to enhance your appearance with breast augmentation using fat transfer. Count on the team at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas to help you look rejuvenated through a wide range of cosmetic procedures.
Benefits of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Not every woman wants or needs the dramatic results that breast implants can offer. This procedure can help where:
- A woman wants a smaller enlargement of her breasts using her own fat, harvested through liposuction from their abdomen, hips or thighs.
- A woman wants to address minor breast asymmetry that requires only a subtle adjustment.
- A woman wants to fine-tune the results of a breast implant procedure with fat transfer for a more even, natural look.
Understanding Your Procedure
The first step in fat transfer breast augmentation uses liposuction to collect viable fat cells from a donor area on the individual’s own body. A woman must have enough fat cells that liposuction will be able to collect a generous amount. These fat cells are then specially treated and prepared for injection into the breast.
It is important to understand that fat transfer augmentation doesn’t produce the same results as breast implants. Results vary from woman to woman due to many factors. The final profile of the breasts depends on how many fat cells successfully transferred and the body’s response to surgery. In most cases, a follow-up treatment may be necessary to achieve the desired volume. For women who want to improve their breast size by a larger amount, saline or silicone gel implants are recommended rather than fat transfer augmentation.
Breast augmentation using fat transfer offers permanent results that feel and look like natural breast tissue without the use of an implant. For these reasons, many women prefer the more subtle enhancement offered by fat transfer breast augmentation.
Recovery and Results
Most women experience some initial discomfort following their procedure. The breasts may feel full and swollen, and the liposuction donor sites may be sore and bruised. Using cold packs can help you feel more comfortable and reduce swelling. You’ll notice a change in your profile immediately. Your surgeon will transfer excess fat initially to account for the natural fat loss with fat grafting. Forty to 50 percent of fat that is grafted will typically survive, and the rest will be reabsorbed by your body. For this reason, multiple fat grafting sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired final result. As swelling continues to dissipate and the transferred cells thrive, your final results become more visible. Most women can return to work in a week or two.
Fat transfer breast augmentation from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps your breasts look shapelier and more pronounced. The results are often subtle and natural, yet give an unmistakable boost to your appearance.