Would you like a natural-looking increase in breast size without the use of silicone or saline implants? Fat transfer technology has evolved exponentially in the last two decades, enabling plastic surgeons to take fat from an area in which you would like to slim down and place it in an area where you would like more volume. Fat transfer breast augmentation can allow you to enhance your breasts with natural fat from your own body. Fat transfer techniques can also be used in conjunction with breast lift surgery or implant-based augmentation to "soften" the end result and create incredibly natural-looking contours.
At Cassileth Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, Dr. Lisa Cassileth and Dr. Kelly Killeen have perfected fat grafting and perform this procedure with beautiful, natural-looking results. They understand that there are many reasons women may want to avoid traditional breast augmentation with implants and they are dedicated to helping each patient reach their aesthetic goals in a way that feels best for them.
A fat transfer procedure is ideal for women who are interested in increasing their breast size by about one cup size, as well as those who would like to restore lost upper breast volume and shape after weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.
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Your consultation appointment at Cassileth Plastic Surgery is your opportunity to learn more about fat transfer breast augmentation options and get answers to any questions you have. Your surgeon will discuss your cosmetic goals and identify potential donor sites on your body from which to harvest excess fat via liposuction. Common areas of the body include the abdomen, arms, and love handles. If you decide that this procedure is right for you, we will give you detailed pre-operative instructions prior to your surgery date.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure that is typically performed with general anesthesia, but local anesthesia with mild sedation may sometimes be used. The fat transfer procedure begins with a specialized low-trauma liposuction technique on the area of your body that has been identified in your treatment plan.
The fat is purified and then your surgeon will use a cannula to inject it into the breasts. Skill and experience are particularly important in fat transfer breast augmentation surgery, since only live fat cells can be used for fat transfer, and the fat is placed in a manner that distributes it evenly and allows high survival rate and blood supply.1
You may experience some bruising and tenderness in the liposuction treatment area, as well as the breasts. Your recovery time will depend on the extent and location of liposuction. Patients can usually resume day-to-day activities several days after their procedure, with some restrictions on strenuous activities for two weeks.
Your initial results will be visible right away, but will continue to improve over time. Your final results will be visible once any swelling subsides. A small amount of fat will be reabsorbed by the body in the first few weeks after the procedure. The transferred fat that successfully grafts in the breast tissue will remain permanently.
In addition to cosmetic surgery, fat grafting performed as part of a breast reconstruction plan after mastectomy or lumpectomy can enhance the breast shape by adding fullness and creating a natural look and feel.2
During a second surgery after implant-based reconstruction, fat can be injected around the implant to give patients a fuller, more natural look. This layer of fat will cover ripples, mask the edges of the implant, and make the breast warmer and more "life-like." Fat is also injected into any divots that resulted from the oncological surgeon removing breast tissue.
Fat transfer is also an excellent reconstructive resource for radiated tissue, since the fat can improve the look of radiated fields, helping to restore the tissue. For breast reconstruction patients who would like to remove their implants, cells injected via fat transfer can serve as replacement volume. Two or more fat grafting surgeries may be required to achieve the desired result.
The plastic surgeons at Cassileth Plastic Surgery team also use fat grafting techniques for body contouring and for facelift procedures. Facial fat transfer can add volume back to areas where it has diminished due to aging and environmental damage.
Fat grafting does not increase breast cancer risks.3 For mammogram and ultrasound results, fat grafting done well makes breast tissue easier to see, as it increases radiographic visibility. If you get an area of fat necrosis, this will show up on an ultrasound, but it can easily be differentiated from something dangerous like cancer by your radiologist.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are in good general health and are seeking a natural-looking breast augmentation. Patients must have enough fat on their body to be harvested for fat transfer.
No, fat transfer can only be performed using your own fat cells. Fat grafting using fat from another person’s body would be akin to an organ transplant and would carry a high risk of rejection and severe complications.
Yes, fat grafting can be used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures. Common uses include fat grafting with a breast lift in order to add volume while restoring perkiness and fat grafting breast augmentation in combination with a tummy tuck or as part of a mommy makeover.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/fat-transfer-breast-augmentation/animation Accessed April 2nd, 2021
2 Spear SL, Coles CN, Leung BK, Gitlin M, Parekh M, Macarios D. The Safety, Effectiveness, and Efficiency of Autologous Fat Grafting in Breast Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016;4(8):e827. Published 2016 Aug 8. doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000000842
3Noor L, Reeves HR, Kumar D, Alozairi O, Bhaskar P. Imaging changes after breast reconstruction with fat grafting - Retrospective study of 90 breast cancer. Pak J Med Sci. 2016;32(1):8-12. doi:10.12669/pjms.321.9460
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