Many women consider breast enhancement surgery to increase the size and fullness of their breasts. While some women are happy to choose either silicone or saline breast implants, other women do not feel comfortable with the concept of implants.
Fat transfer to the breasts offers women an alternative to traditional breast augmentation. Fat transfer breast augmentation uses fat that has been harvested from your body to add natural fullness to your bust.
- 0.1 Am I a Candidate for Fat Transfer to Breast?
- 0.2 What Are the Benefits of Fat Transfer to Breast?
- 0.3 How Many Cup Sizes Can I Expect to Gain With This Procedure?
- 1 What Is the Difference Between Fat Transfer to Breast and Traditional Breast Augmentation?
- 2 How Is Fat Transfer to Breast Performed?
- 3 How Long Is My Fat Transfer to Breast Recovery?
- 4 How Much Does Fat Transfer to Breast Cost?
- 5 When Will I See My Fat Transfer to Breast Results?
- 6 Are You Interested in Fat Transfer to Breast in Houston, TX?
Am I a Candidate for Fat Transfer to Breast?
Fat transfer to the breast is performed for patients who wish to enhance the volume of their breasts without implants. Women considering this procedure do not smoke, are in good overall health, have realistic expectations of their results, and have enough fat elsewhere on their body to harvest.
What Are the Benefits of Fat Transfer to Breast?
Fat transfer to the breast mimics the results of breast implants without some of the limitations of implants. Fat transfer to the breast:
- Offers an organic augmenting material
- Provides natural softness
- Produces subtle or noticeable fullness
- Comes without the risk of implant rupture, capsular contracture, or implant displacement
- Sculpts the surrounding body contours
How Many Cup Sizes Can I Expect to Gain With This Procedure?
Most patients will see an increase of one cup size with fat transfer to breast; however, depending on the amount of fat harvested, some patients have increased their bust size more significantly. At your consultation, Dr. Kronowitz will be able to give you an idea of the increase you can expect with your procedure.
What Is the Difference Between Fat Transfer to Breast and Traditional Breast Augmentation?
When people hear “breast augmentation surgery,” they tend to think of breast implants. And that is absolutely correct if a woman is undergoing a traditional breast augmentation.
While traditional breast augmentation transforms a woman’s chest aesthetic, giving her larger, more shapely, and fuller breasts, there are some drawbacks with the surgery that are not experienced with fat transfer to the breast.
For a traditional breast augmentation, a plastic surgeon will make incisions in your body (either under the breast, around the nipple, or in the armpit). The plastic surgeon will then place the implant (either saline or silicone) in position (this can be under the pectoral muscle or above it). The incision will be closed, and you can enjoy your more voluminous breasts.
With a traditional breast augmentation, you will be left with some visible scarring, and there are numerous complications that can arise with the implant itself, including capsular contracture, calcification, rupture, asymmetry, infection, deflation, and hematoma.
With fat transfer to the breast, there will be no visible scars (since you are only receiving injections). Additionally, there won’t be any complications with implants (since you won’t have implants placed), and you won’t need to worry about your body rejecting the transferred fat, since it is coming from you.
Additionally, because fat is being used to increase the size and shape of your breasts, your breasts will look and feel more natural than they would if implants were used.
How Is Fat Transfer to Breast Performed?
Fat transfer to the breasts is performed in three steps:
- Donor fat is harvested through liposuction
- This fat is purified and combined with your stem cells
- Your fat is injected into various areas of the breast to increase volume and shape
From Where Is The Fat Harvested?
Donor fat is harvested from the patient’s abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, or back using gentle liposuction techniques. This procedure not only adds natural fullness to the breasts, but it sculpts and slims the surrounding body areas to enhance physical contours.
Will I Experience Any Pain With Fat Transfer to the Breasts?
Fat transfer to breast is performed under general anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain or discomfort while the procedure is being performed. However, it is common for patients to feel some tightness, discomfort, and irritation during the days after the procedure. Pain medication can be taken to alleviate any discomfort.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Fat transfer to breast generally takes around an hour and a half or longer — depending on how many treatment areas require liposuction — and that does not include preparation or recovery time. You should expect to spend several hours at the facility. As with any plastic surgery, the length of the procedure varies with each patient.
Should You Combine Fat Transfer to the Breast With a Breast Lift?
Many women consider breast enhancement surgery after having children or losing weight. When women experience a sudden decrease in breast volume, they often develop a deflated breast appearance and breast sagging. While fat transfer to the breast restores lost volume, it cannot tighten the breast tissues or remove excess skin on the breasts.
Breast lift surgery is performed to tighten and elevate the breasts after nursing or weight loss. The combination of these two procedures restores a youthful, perky, and full breast appearance.
How Long Is My Fat Transfer to Breast Recovery?
Fat transfer to the breast is an outpatient procedure, and you can return home to recover shortly after your procedure.
You may have compression garments/dressings wrapped around the chest as well as the harvesting sites. These dressings help to contain and minimize the bruising and swelling following the treatment. Any post-operative discomfort can be lessened with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.
Most of the swelling will resolve within one to two weeks. At this time, most women feel comfortable returning to work and their normal day-to-day activities, but they should refrain from strenuous exercise and pushing, pulling, or lifting anything over 10 pounds.
How Much Does Fat Transfer to Breast Cost?
The cost of fat transfer to the breasts with Dr. Kronowitz may vary significantly once all of the external factors (i.e., anesthesia fees, and facility fees) are included. Fat transfer to the breasts is customized to you, and the total cost of your procedure will be dependent on the amount of fat harvested and transferred, and any other surgeries that are performed in combination with this surgery, such as a breast lift.
You will be quoted an accurate cost estimate during your consultation with Dr. Kronowitz.
When Will I See My Fat Transfer to Breast Results?
While you notice fullness immediately following your fat transfer to the breasts, you should understand that some of this fullness is due to swelling, and some of it is fat that will eventually be absorbed by the body.
Most patients see the full extent of their fat transfer to the breast within a few weeks of the procedure. The fat that survives the transfer will be long lasting, and women can enjoy their naturally full and voluptuous breasts for many years to come.
Secondary fat grafting can be performed if additional breast volume is desired.
How long will my results last?
One of the benefits of fat transfer to the breast is that your results are essentially permanent, barring significant weight fluctuations. It is important to understand that this procedure cannot keep away the natural effects of aging. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise and eating right, can help prolong your stunning results.