Breast fat grafting is a type of natural breast augmentation accomplished by taking fat from other parts of your body and then using this 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), since enhancing the breasts improves body proportions and can also provide women with 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.
Fat grafting, or fat transfer, has 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 due to technological advancements and refinement of fat harvesting and grafting techniques, it is a more viable option for enlarging the breasts.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Breast fat grafting comes with a number of benefits:
- Because there are no implants, implant replacement will never be needed.
- No implants means no risk of rupture or leaking.
- The procedure requires less recovery time than traditional breast augmentation and offers a more comfortable recovery process.
- The liposuction aspect results in a reduction in volume of trouble areas, meaning improved body contours.
- The results look and feel very natural.
Who is an ideal candidate?
Ideal candidates for natural breast augmentation include patients who have excess stubborn fat, patients who want to avoid prosthetic breast implants, and patients who want to avoid going under the knife but still want to enlarge their breasts.
Good candidates for this procedure are in overall good health and have realistic expectations in terms of the surgery’s results. Ideal candidates are non-smokers, since smoking can prolong the healing process and create complications.
WHAT IS FAT TRANSFER BREAST AUGMENTATION LIKE?
The breast fat grafting procedure to augment the breasts using fat transfer is a two-step procedure. The first part is harvesting excess 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 liposuction techniques are the same; ultrasonic or laser liposuction may damage the fat cells, making it hard for them to survive the transfer process. This is currently being studied. Gentler options are typically best for this procedure. 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, why 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 liposuction’s healing time).
The success of fat grafting is highly technique-dependent on any part of the body and thus 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 buttocks – are highly variable and should not be performed by just anybody.
I went to Dr. Hoffman for three rounds of fat grafting and I was very pleased with his bedside manner and results. I wanted to get a couple more breast procedures done (lift) but he was honest with me and told me I did not need anything more done. I also really appreciated that he was patient with me and my demands for the perfect result. Him and his wife have treated me like family during every visit and I never feel awkward or uncomfortable with Dr. Hoffman.
FAT TRANSFER BREAST AUGMENTATION RESULTS
After a fat transfer breast augmentation, your breasts are typically larger than they will be after six to nine months. In that time period, the swelling that occurs after surgery will go away.
About 70% of the grafted fat will remain in the breast, giving the final results. 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.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS?
As with any surgical procedure, breast fat grafting 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. Extensive studies are being performed to continue to monitor the safety of fat grafting to the breast.
Most side effects are rare and can be minimized by having the procedure performed by a skilled experienced board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Hoffman.
HOW MUCH DOES NATURAL BREAST AUGMENTATION COST?
The cost of natural breast augmentation varies from case to case. The price of breast fat grafting is impacted by factors like the amount of fatty tissue removed and transferred, the amount of time required to perform the procedure, and the anesthesia used.
CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE
Breast fat grafting creates lasting breast enhancement, so you’re interested in having larger breasts, contact our office and arrange your consultation with Dr. Hoffman. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure.