Fat Transfer to Breasts
Alternative to Breast Augmentation with Breast Implants
Boob jobs have been craved by women since the early 80′s. With breast implant costs and complications high, many women are considering fat transfer breast augmentation for natural breast enhancement. With fat transfer to breasts, increase breast size is easy and natural looking. True, breast implants can help enlarge breasts, but they appear “fake” and unappealing to many women. The breast implant surgery is also very tough to recover from which may require many days to weeks off of work.
Breast enlargement with fat transfer is also an alternative to the breast lift. When the breasts lose volume, which is common after pregnancy; fat transfer to the breasts may be a great solution. This will add more volume, but also give the appearance that the breasts are lifted.
Who wants Fat Transfer to the Breasts?
- Issues filling your bra.
- Lack of volume is specific areas of the breasts.
- Interested in improving your proportions in comparison to the rest of your body.
- Don’t want implants of the breasts.
- Don’t want general anesthesia.
- Asymmetric breast sizes.
- Looking for a more natural look for enhancement of the breasts.
Breasts Fat Transfer Process
Upon initial evaluation, the specialist will determine your type of breasts and make recommendations on how to make improvements to the shape. Since the shape and size of the breasts is a personal preference, each individual will help to determine what the expected goal will be. Once all parties agree on the expected shape, the specialist will put drawings on the area to guide him throughout the procedure. We will also identify the areas for liposuction to harvest fat and mark those areas. Pictures and measurements will be taken prior to the procedure for documentation. The initial part of the procedure is injecting fluid into the area to get it numb. Then we will focus on the liposuction to harvest the fat. The fat is removed using special techniques to increase the amount of viable fat cells. We will also do some liposuction in some of the surrounding areas of the breasts to create the new borders of where the breasts should start and end. Then the fat cells will be processed and prepared for transfer. The fat will then be transferred in a sterile fashion to a special instrument designed specifically for transferring fat. We will then systematically transfer the fat into the area that was marked. Once the fat has been transferred to our satisfaction, the patient will be cleaned and garments will be applied.
Recovery after Fat Transfer to Breasts
Recovery from fat transfer can vary widely depending on the extent of the procedure. Swelling will vary, but is expected following the procedure. The extent of swelling is different for each individual and some will have more than others. Initially the area will be swollen and quite large. Over the next few weeks and months the swelling will diminish and some of the fat will not survive. The fat requires adequate blood supply to nourish the fat, so it is recommended to not put pressure on the breasts for 2 months following the procedure. You may wear a bra, but preferably one that is looser fitting. After 6 months, most studies are showing that the fat that remains at that point will be permanent. In the event that a larger volume is desired, additional transfers may take place as early as 3 months following the initial procedure.
Fat Transfer Expectations
Although there is a component of the fat transfer that is unpredictable with the survival rate of fat, studies show that 50-60% of the volume transferred will survive. With liposuction, we should be able to improve the overall shape and definition of the breasts and through fat transfer increase the volume. It is reasonable to expect a 25% increase from your current size and in most cases increase by one cup size. Studies have actually shown that trying to inject too much fat will decrease the amount of the fat cells that survive, since there is too much pressure on the area from the excessive filling. In the situation that one is trying to accomplish a larger volume, there is the option of serial fat transfers done every 3 months until the desired volume is achieved.
Diet and Exercise after Fat Transfer
Since we are trying to get the fat cells to flourish in the area of the transfer, it makes sense to create an environment that is more conducive to fat creation for about 2 months following the procedure. What this means is doing the opposite of all the diets that you may have tried in the past. You should eat a diet higher in carbohydrates which will start your body storing fat. While we do want you to put on some weight, excessive weight is not recommended. Regarding exercise, it’s important to avoid “fat burning” exercises that will deplete the fat stores and decrease the amount of fat that may survive following fat transfer. These exercises include heavy cardio like biking, treadmill, elliptical, stair climber or any exercise that causes excessive sweating. If you do choose to work out in the first 2 months following fat transfer, you should focus on strength building rather than fat burning exercises. Meaning, higher weights and less repetitions.