Breast Fat Grafting Philadelphia
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Also called “Stem cell” Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation can also be accomplished by taking your own fat from other parts of your body and then use the fat to enhance and increase the size of your breasts.
It’s no surprise that breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in Philadelphia (and in America), as enhancing the breasts not only improves body proportions, but can also provide women with a renewed sense of self-confidence, not to mention limitless clothing options. However, many women do not seek breast augmentation surgery because they are uncomfortable with the idea of having foreign implant materials in their bodies, no matter how safe they are or how natural they look and feel.
For these women, a natural and innovative breast augmentation procedure is now available. Instead of using traditional saline or silicone implants to enhance and enlarge the breasts, your own natural body fat can be harvested from your abdomen or thighs and be used for breast augmentation in a procedure known as fat grafting. It has also been called stem cell augmentation, but only a few stem cells are actually transferred as part of the fat grafting procedure.
Fat grafting, or fat transfer, has been long been performed to move fat from one part of the body to another. It has been used as a facial rejuvenation procedure to fill facial wrinkles and augment the cheeks, lips and other areas requiring volume restoration. The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure takes fat from elsewhere in the body and enhances the buttocks. Now that larger volume fat transfer has become more reliable from technological advancements and refinement of fat harvesting and grafting techniques, it is a more viable option for enlarging the breasts.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation: The Procedure
The procedure to augment the breasts with fat transfer is a two step procedure. The first part is harvesting the fat from a donor area, such as the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs. This is accomplished by liposuction. It is important to note that not all liposuctions are the same and ultrasonic or laser liposuction may damage the fat cells, so that they do not survive the transfer process. This is currently being studied. Be sure to have a discussion with Dr. Hoffman well in advance of undergoing liposuction if you have an interest in fat grafting.
The second portion of the fat transfer is the grafting or moving the fat to the desired area, in this case the breast. The fat is prepared and then carefully placed into the breasts, via tiny incisions that are hard to see after they heal. Depending on the amount of fat augmentation required the procedure can be done under local or general sedation. The breasts are usually overcorrected initially and will decrease in size once the swelling goes down. A portion of the fat graft may also reabsorb with time and that is why the breasts are initially made larger. The fat transfer process, which can be physically demanding for the surgeon, is fairly simple for the patient and the recovery time is minimal about the same as liposuctions.
The success of fat grafting is highly technique-dependent on any part of the body and hence should only be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Ryan Hoffman. “Fat injections” to any part of the body- face, breast, or buttock are highly variable and should not be performed by just anybody.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation: Results
After breast augmentation with fat transfer, your breasts are typically larger than they will be after six- nine months. In that time period, the swelling that occurs after surgery will go away. About 70% of the grafted fat will remain and in the breast giving the final result. The fat that remains is now part of your breast and will change with weight gain and weight loss. On average fat transfer is ideal for a change of a half a cup to a full cup size in each breast. Larger volume changes are less predictable.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation: Risk
As with any surgical procedure breast augmentation via fat transfer does carry some risks. Minor risks include over-absorption of transplanted fat and contour irregularities or lumpiness. Other uncommon risks include fat necrosis, development of fatty cysts, inflammation, calcium formations and false-positive mammograms. Our overriding concern with injecting fat into the breast has been to avoid any problems with future breast cancer detection. There is currently no evidence that fat transfer to the breast is less safe than any other breast surgery. Large studies are being performed to continue to monitor the safety of fat grafting to the breast.
Most side effects are rare and when evaluating the risks and benefits of breast augmentation with fat transfer are minimized when having the procedure performed by a skilled, experienced board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Hoffman.