BREAST FAT TRANSFER
Your Own Body Fat
In contrast to using silicone implants, it is almost impossible to tell that the breasts have been enhanced with a fat transfer.
Fat transfer to the breast is also the least invasive method of breast enlargement and it doesn’t involve inserting any foreign object into the body.
Improvements in liposuction and lipo-filling in recent years mean higher rates of fat survival and more predictable results.
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Complications – Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Breast fat transfers generally have a lower risk of complications than silicone implants.
It is essential to see a highly skilled surgeon who has experience in this procedure, to maximise fat survival and minimise the chance of unlikely complications including:
- Infection (a risk in all surgery)
- Cysts, microcalcification (the forming of small hard lumps)
- The death of some of the fat cells
- The possibility that some of the transferred fat cells will leave the breast area.
Should complications occur, they are usually minor and able to be fixed by the surgeon.
Injecting too much fat in one procedure increases the risk of lumps of fat forming, and also decreases the overall fat survival rate and lowers the predictability of the result.
Your surgeon will know how much fat can be injected each session for the best result possible.
As an indication of price, your first fat transfer procedure will cost around £6,200, and you may need 2 or 3 procedures in some cases, depending on the results sought. Each procedure increases the volume of the breasts.
Ensuring a Successful Breast Fat Transfer
Fat transfer to the breasts is a technically demanding procedure due to the time required to ensure optimum fat survival. The method of harvesting the fat cells, purifying them, and reinjecting the fat will determine the percentage of fat cells that survive the process.
1. Purifying the Fat Cells (the Cleaning Process)
Traditional methods of purification including the use of centrifugation can destroy a large number of fat cells even before they are re-injected into the breasts. Technologies including Puregraft and Lipivage fat filtration preserve more of the donor fat during the filtration process.
2. Re-injecting the Fat Cells
To ensure re-injected fat establishes a supply of blood it is important that the surgeon takes their time to spread the fat in thin layers covering large regions of the breasts. Low fat survival rates and complications can occur when too much fat is injected in one session.
Grafting fat cells is a tedious and time-consuming process.
Improving the Look of Breast Implants and Breast Reconstruction
Breast fat transfer can also be used to fine-tune the outcome of breast reconstruction after lumpectomy or mastectomy.
The aesthetic results of breast implant augmentation can also be improved by adding fat.
For example, fat can be added to disguise the edges of silicone or saline implants, or to mask the rippling effect more common with saline breast implants.
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About the author
Clinic Director Dr Gary Horn
Dr Gary Horn is director of Harley Breast and is responsible for all website content.
Dr Horn is a registered Plastic Surgeon in the UK (GMC 4267803) and Belgium.
Dr Gary Horn is a highly acclaimed Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with over 25 years of experience in breast augmentation and reshaping using breast implants (over 2,000 surgeries performed) and fat transfer to the breast. Dr Horn is a registered Plastic Surgeon in the UK (GMC 4267803) and Belgium.
SPECIALITIES: General Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
LANGUAGES: English, French
GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL NUMBER: 4267803
Dr Horn is qualified to perform a large range of procedures, including:
Breast augmentation with cohesive silicone gel implants, fat transfer to the breasts, Breast Lift, Mastopexy.