Fat Transfer to Breasts
Fat transfer to the breasts is a procedure which utilizes liposuction to extract fat cells from one part of the body, then processed and later injected into the breasts. It is known to have few surgical complications and is commonly used to provide the breasts with more volume. It is a viable alternative for women who wish to have larger breasts without the use of implants or for women who want to even out their breast tissue and add symmetry. The former can cause ‘foreign body reaction’ with accompanying firmness and a capsule forming around the implant, distorting the natural shape and contour of the breast. Implants also cannot be expected to behave like normal breast tissue, so the ideal breast augmentation will always involve the patient’s own tissue. For these reasons, a lot of women today prefer breast fat transfer to enlarge their breasts in a more natural way.
Fat Transfer to Breasts Procedure
The procedure for fat transfer to the breasts is generally performed by a cosmetic surgeon under local or general anesthesia. In most cases, it is performed at the surgeon's clinic but can also take place at a hospital or an outpatient center. It takes from two to five hours, depending on the fat transfer technique used and how much fat will be injected. The procedure involves three steps: removal of the fat using liposuction, processing the fat for optimal survival, and injecting the fat into the breasts.
The fat cells are extracted from the area decided upon by the patient and the doctor. The fat cells are usually removed from the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs as these are common areas which contain excess fat and can be slimmed and toned by removing some of that fat. To remove the fat, the surgeon uses a cannula to suck out the excess fat. Next, the surgeon processes the fat using techniques designed to remove impurities and preserve the cells to ensure a high percentage of fat survival. Finally, the surgeon injects the fat cells into the breast through tiny incisions. After successfully completing the procedure, it may take several months before the final results are visible.
After Breast Fat Transfer Augmentation
After your breast fat transfer, the surgeon will discuss instructions for your recovery. Exercise and lifting heavy objects may be restricted for one to two weeks after a breast fat transfer. However, with caution in mind, you may be able to return to work in as soon as 48 hours and resume most of your normal activities. You may experience some bruising and discomfort from the incisions where the fat was injected and from the liposuction site. Over-the-counter medications can relieve the pain, but you can discuss your options with your surgeon. Moreover, you will need to wear a special garment for one or two weeks after the procedure. This is to ensure that the fat cells adhere to the breast tissue and to help mold the new shape of the breasts.
Breast Fat Transfer Cost
The cost of fat transfer to the breasts can vary greatly depending on several factors such as the type and extent of the procedure, the amount of fat that will be transferred, the experience/reputation of your surgeon, the cost of the anesthesia, the fees associated with the clinic or hospital where you will have your procedure, the area where you live and the other specifics of your situation. Additionally, the cost of a breast fat transfer can vary if it is performed in conjunction with other procedures. In general, the cost of breast fat transfer averages from $5,000 to $15,000.