Breast fat transfer or fat transfer breast augmentation is a method of augmenting and reshaping the breasts using your own body fat, rather than using silicone implants.
In contrast to using silicone implants, it is almost impossible to tell that the breasts have been enhanced by any surgical procedure.
Fat transfer to the breast is also the least invasive method of breast enlargement because it doesn’t involve inserting any foreign object into the body.
The risk of complications is reduced.
The technique has progressed in recent years due to improvements in liposuction and lipo-filling, allowing more consistent and predictable results and higher rates of transferred fat survival.
Fat Transfer to Breasts
Some of the advantages of fat transfer breast augmentation and reshaping include:
- Your breasts may look and feel more natural than had you used implants. It is generally harder to detect the transfer of fat to the breast than to detect silicone implants.
- Little, if any scarring, versus silicone implants which require incisions and result in fine scars, typically in the breast crease.
- No foreign objects in your body, reducing the risk of contamination, infection and capsular contraction.
- Lower overall complication rate.
- A liposuction (in order to collect the fat) is required, which allows you to remove unwanted stubborn fat from areas of your body, commonly the buttocks, but also the abdomen, flanks and thighs.
- Faster recovery time.
Fat Transfer to Breasts
There are a few downsides to breast fat transfer:
- The cost of the procedure vs implants:
- 1 fat transfer to breast procedure: £4,800.
- 2 procedures, spaced 6 months apart (for additional volume) £9,200.
- 3 procedures, spaced 6 months apart: £12,900.
- Breast fat transfer will always cost more to achieve the same degree of augmentation, then breast implants.
- The overall gain in volume is likely to be less than can be achieved with implants, and certainly less volume for the same amount of money vs implants.
- Not all of the fat transferred to the breasts will survive. The fat that does not survive can result in granulomatous reactions or form fatty cysts (lumpiness).
- Fat must survive the journey from the donor site (belly, thighs, rear) to the recipient site. Advanced methods of fat graft preparation, including the use of Puregraft, and reinjection with specialist techniques will improve the rate of fat survival.
Results typical of three fat transfer to breast procedures.
*Individual results may vary.
As a rough guide, you can realistically expect around 1 cup size increase in volume (around 80-100ml of fat) for each fat transfer to the breast.
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 safely and effectively injected in a single procedure for the best result.
As an indication of price, you first fat transfer procedure will cost around £4,800, and you may need 2 or even 3 procedures in some cases, with each procedures increasing the volume of the breasts.
Complications – Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Breast fat transfers generally have a lower risk of complications than silicone implants. However, it is important to see a highly skilled surgeon who has experience in this procedure, to maximise the survival rate of transferred fat, and to 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.
Complications are unlikely and can usually be addressed by the surgeon, should they occur. Your doctor will also discuss any other complications that may exist that are particular to your body and your individual circumstances.
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 remain alive when initially transferred to the breasts, at 6 months post-procedure, and for your final result.
Harvesting fat cells (the liposuction).
Filtering 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 reinjected into the breasts. Technologies including Puregraft filtration preserve more of the donor fat during the filtration process. The result si that more fat cells are still ‘alive’ and able to revascularize (gain a blood supply) when reinjected into the breasts.
Reinjecting the fat cells (fat injection to augment and reshape the breasts).
Regarding injection technique, it is important that the surgeon takes their time to spread the fat in thin layers covering large regions of the breasts, for there to be the best chance of transferred fat establishing a supply of blood. It is important distribute the fat widely, if the surgeon injects too much fat in one area of the breast it is likely that the fat will die resulting sometimes in calcifications, cysts and fibrosis. Grafting fat cells properly is a tedious and time consuming process if done correctly. The fat must be injected in small amounts to give fat cells the greatest chance of linking up to existing blood vessels to attain a blood supply. It’s sort of like painting a wall with one of those little watercolor brushes we used in school. It takes awhile, but it is worth it.
Breast fat transfer can also be used to fine-tune the outcome of breast reconstruction after lumpectomy or mastectomy, and to improve the aesthetic results of breast implant augmentation, for example adding fat to disguise the edges of silicone or saline implants, or the rippling effect more common with saline breast implants.
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