With the rise in popularity of breast augmentation using breast implants, some patients who have undergone the procedure are a bit underwhelmed of its results, and sometimes think that their breast enhancement looks fake rather than natural. With these complaints, expert plastic surgeons came up with fat transfer breast augmentation. Learn more about what this procedure is really about, how this can benefit its patients, and what are the safety issues this breast enhancement procedure involves.
What is fat transfer breast augmentation?
Fat transfer breast augmentation, also known as fat grafting or autologous fat transfer, is a technique in breast augmentation where fatty tissues removed from other parts of your body (thighs, abdomen, and buttocks) by liposuction primarily gets transferred to your breasts.
How is fat transfer breast augmentation performed?
The procedure generally starts with liposuction. The plastic surgeon makes small incisions on the target body part where fat gets harvested. He inserts a thin cannula to each incision and suctions excess fat tissues. These fatty deposits get processed into a liquefied form and prepared for injection into the breast area as the natural filler or implant. After the transfer, the plastic surgeon moulds and shapes the breasts based on the desired breast size you both discussed.
What are the benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation?
It is natural. Because your body fat is the material used to increase the size of your breasts, it is the natural and conservative way for patients to enhance their breasts. Women who underwent the procedure even claim that their breasts feel softer than ever before.
Scars are less visible. During the transfer, your plastic surgeon makes a few small incisions along the breast crease under the boobs to insert the blunt cannula to insert the fat into the different layers of the breast. Compared to using breast implants, this breast augmentation scar is less visible and has a higher possibility of fading over time.
It also improves your overall body contour. Because liposuction is a part of the procedure, getting rid of unwanted fat on problem areas becomes a solution rather than a problem. With fat transfer breast augmentation, you get sexier by improving your body silhouette and increasing your breast size at the same time!
What are the risks and disadvantages of fat transfer breast augmentation?
Its effect may not last a long time. Enhancing the size and shape of your breasts is the ultimate result you want with breast augmentation. But because it is body fat that you decided to use in reshaping your breasts, chances of absorption of these fatty tissues into the breast or surrounding body parts are possible. This scenario means that the increase in breast size using fat transfer may be gone as the years pass.
It is not a one-time thing. Unlike breast augmentation using implants where one surgery is needed to insert the artificial fillers, a fat transfer breast augmentation may need 4-6 sessions to achieve your desired size and shape.
Fat necrosis. There is a possibility that some of the fat cells transferred to the breasts may die and cause symptoms of pain and bleeding, the skin turning dark bluish or black, numbness or loss of sensation around the breasts, spikes of fever, and pus-filled skin sores.
Other rare unwanted complications. Appearance-wise, your breasts may look lumpy or irregularly shaped as time passes after the surgery. Rare reports of development of fatty cysts and calcium formation around the breasts, as well as the false-positive mammogram results, may occur.
When thinking about having breast augmentation, it is still best to discuss all your concerns with your plastic surgeon of choice and not just make the decision on your own. His expertise and years of experience doing these surgical treatments make him a reliable person to recommend the best procedure that would address your needs and suit you best.