17 May 2018
May 17, 2018

Selecting Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation as an Alternative to Implants

May 17, 2018 Blog, Breast augmentation 0 Comment

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Understanding Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

If you are considering having a breast enlargement procedure completed, you may be wondering what the options are and which one is best for you. One of those which you may have heard of is fat transfer breast augmentation. For this procedure, a plastic surgeon uses your own fat to fill out the breasts and help them reestablish their fullness and size.  This is an especially suitable option for patients who have lost volume in their breast tissue after pregnancy or due to weight loss.

For the procedure, the surgeon performs liposuction on an area of the body which has excess fatty tissue such as the thighs, buttocks or tummy.  Once that fat is extracted, it is processed by separating the stem cells and fat, before the fat is then injected into the desired area.

This procedure is very specific and technical, requiring a skilled surgeon who is able to perform both successful, high quality liposuction surgery, as well as successful breast augmentation surgery.  The surgery itself requires a general anesthetic, and surgery times vary depending on the individual.

An Alternative to Breast Implants

Also referred to as Autologous Fat Transfer or Fat Grafting, fat transfer breast augmentation is a great alternative to breast implants.  Typically, those who are interested in having their breasts enlarged elect to have an implant inserted, which mimics the desired size and shape of the breast.  In the case of fat grafting however, there is only one’s own fat inserted, and there is no implant or foreign object which is put into the body. As such, many people choose this alternative as a more natural method of augmentation.

In addition, not only is this surgery an alternative to implants, but because the procedure requires the removal of fat from somewhere on the body, many women benefit from the added bonus of excess fat and cellulite removal in areas where it is undesirable.  The end result is not only enhanced breasts, but potentially improved contouring and toning around other areas of the body, such as the hips, thighs and abdomen, due to the fat having been removed.

What’s Next?

Now that you have a better understanding of what fat transfer breast augmentation is, how it works and how it can be a suitable alternative to breast implants, you may be wondering what the next steps are.  While you will need to consult a professional to have a consultation and discuss whether the service is right for you, it is important to recognize these things going into the process:

  • Because fat transfer breast augmentation surgery uses your own fat for the procedure, you will need to have excess fat available that the doctor can remove via liposuction and insert into your breasts.
  • Understand that it may take several tries and multiple surgeries before you are able to have the outcome you desire in terms of the volume and shape that results from the procedure.  It is not uncommon to have some breast asymmetry remain for a period of time following the surgery, but this typically improves.
  • This surgery, ultimately, may not give you the end results that you after, and additional procedures such as a breast lift may be required to compliment the fat augmentation and allow you to reach your desired breast outcome. Allow a few months following your surgery for the breasts to settle in, and remain in contact with your surgeon in regards to how you feel to decide together on the next best course of action.
  • The surgery, like any, has risks, requires specific recovery steps and can be painful afterwards.  Be sure to speak to your doctor about all of these considerations before you begin.

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