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Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer Surgery - Fat Grafting

Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer Surgery - Fat Grafting

& How It Works

A breast augmentation surgery with fat transfer is also known as lipofilling, lipo+augmentation and fat grafting. Fat transfer surgery enhances the shape and size of the breast and makes them appear fuller.

 It is a safe and natural alternative to other more invasive surgeries.  

The reasons why patients choose to undergo this surgery are numerous. Some of them include: 

●      Making the breasts symmetrical

●      Restoring the breasts volume loss because of aging, pregnancy or weight loss

●      Enhancing the contours of the breasts

●      Increasing self-esteem

Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer Surgery - Fat Grafting

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FAT TRANSFER SURGERY?

To start, breast augmentation with fat transfer surgery is less invasive. There are fewer incisions. The plastic surgeon injects the fat into the patient’s breasts so the patient doesn’t end up with a lot of scars. The results are more natural-looking. During the surgery, the patient can have two areas of the body improved. The surgeon removes the fat from another area using liposuction and transfers it to the patient’s breasts to increase their size and improve the shape.  This way with a single procedure the patient has a double benefit.

 

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION FAT TRANSFER SURGERY? 

This surgery can be a good choice for patients who are unsatisfied with their breast size but want to avoid having breastimplants. The surgery involves transferring fat from another body part like the stomach, buttocks or thighs to the breasts. So the procedure is ideal forpatients who have enough fat needed for transferring it. It is not suitable for very slim patients.  

The patients who can greatly benefit from this surgery: 

●      Are unhappy with the shape of their breast

●      Have naturally smaller breasts

●      Have asymmetrical breasts

●      Wish to enlarge their breasts without implants

●      Are unhappy with the volume of their breast

●      Have reduced their breasts size and lost breast volume because of pregnancy or weight loss

●      Are physically and emotionally prepared for the operation

●      Have too much fat on hips, stomach or legs and wish to eliminate it

 

WHAT DOES BREAST ENLARGEMENT FAT TRANSFER SURGERY INVOLVE?

First, the patient is consulted with Lucia Clinic’s plastic surgeon. The surgeon explains to the patients how to prepare for the procedure and what the procedure looks like. Also, the surgeon discusses with the patient her goals and expectations. The surgeon examines the present state of the patient’s breasts to determine the best surgical technique. The surgeon assesses: 

●      Breast shape and size

●      Body area from which the patient wishes to transfer fat

●      The quantity and quality of breast skin and tissue

●      Patient’s medical history - any cases of breast illnesses

●      Allergies that the patient might have

●      Possible medication that the patient is currently taking 

Once all the questions are answered, the surgeon creates a customized plan and explains it to the patient. The plan includes the size of the breast the surgeon will achieve with fat transfer, how long the procedure will last and how long the patient will need to recover.  

It is important for the patient to fully understand what are the benefits, risks and possible complications of the surgery before she definitely decides to undergo it.  

Also, it is important that the patient keeps realistic expectations about the results of the surgery.

 

IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE SURGERY SESSION?

Often yes. Especially if the patient is not satisfied with the breast size after the first session, she may have additional ones. Of course, the number of sessions is discussed with the plastic surgeon. 

The reason why some patients decide to have multiple sessions is that there is a limit to how much fat can be transferred to the patient’s breasts. If the patient wishes to achieve a larger size of the breasts, more sessions are necessary, because in the first 6 months post-surgery the patient’s body can naturally absorb almost 30% to 50% of fat that was transferred into breasts. Every patient is different so the percentage of absorbed fat and the final size of the breasts can’t be guaranteed. Therefore, this technique of breast augmentation may need more time to perform and maintain the results. 

The treatment time for every session may last for 2 to 3 hours.

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE SURGERY?

Before the surgery, the patient can do a few things to make the recovery time quicker and easier. 

The surgeon can recommend the patient to avoid smoking and alcohol because the recovery will be faster. Nicotine should be avoided at least for 6 weeks before and after the surgery.  

It is recommended to find somebody to drive the patient home after the surgery. Also, the patient shouldn’t be without supervision for the first 24 hours after the surgery in case of any complications.

ON THE DAY OF THE SURGERY

First, the surgeon draws lines to show the patient which areas will be treated and explain the specific goals of the procedure.

 Next, the patient will receive anesthesia before the surgery. It can be only local anesthesia or general - it all depends on what the surgeon has agreed on with the patient.

 Once the patient is in the operating room, the surgeon cleans the breast area to keep it sterile and avoid infection. Then the surgery can start.

 Breast augmentation with fat transfer surgery involves multiple steps. First, the surgeon removes the fat from the body area that is pre-agreed with the patient, using liposuction. These areas can be arms, thighs, buttocks or stomach. Tumescence solution is injected into the chosen body area - a medication that reduces bleeding and pain during the surgery. The fat that was removed goes through the process of cleansing -washing and refinement.

 The purified fat is then carefully injected through a small plastic tube into the upper part of the patient’s breasts that consists of small natural hollow pockets. As a result, the patient’s breasts become enlarged.  

Finally, the surgeon finishes the surgery by putting tape and straps on the tiny wounds from fat injection and liposuction.

 

HOW DOES THE PATIENT FEEL AFTER THE SURGERY AND WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?

 The patient’s body should completely heal after 4 to 6 weeks, but every patient is different so the full results may vary. If a patient needs several sessions to achieve the desired size and shape of the breasts the full results may be seen after 12 months.  

It is highly recommended to follow the strict aftercare protocol to achieve the best results from the surgery.

 

AFTER SURGERY RECOVERY PROTOCOL

It is absolutely crucial that the patient follows the strict recovery protocol given by the surgeon during consultation. As every patient is different the recovery time may vary. 

A lot of patients can go home on the same day after the surgery, but some might be required to spend the night at the hospital. Before the patient goes home she needs to arrange a follow-up appointment with the surgeon within the next two weeks.

 During the first week of recovery, the patient mustn’t lift heavy objects. These include shopping bags as well. It is vital that the patient keeps a healthy and balanced diet after the surgery - rich in proteins and low in salt, fats and sugars. It is also important that the patient drinks a lot of water.

 Another tip for the recovery time is to sleep on the back in the first days.

 All the additional recommendations and the duration of the recovery time are given by the surgeon and the patient should strictly follow them.

 

WHAT RISKS ARE CONNECTED TO BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH FAT TRANSFER SURGERY?

 There are a few possible complications that might happen after the surgery. They include: 

●      Bruising and bleeding

 As in any surgery, bruising and bleeding are possible. This generally happens right after the surgery.

 ●      Oil cysts and fat necrosis 

These complications happen really rarely and there are treatments that can help with these conditions. When the surgeon uses a good technique to perform this surgery these complications are unlikely to happen.

●      The possibility of infection 

Infections may occur after the surgery, precisely in the first two weeks. The symptoms include major redness in the skin around the wound or the wound is not properly healing. Antibiotics can solve minor infections, but in any case, the patient must inform the surgeon right away if she notices these symptoms. 

There are some other, general surgical risks like allergic reactions, nausea, post-operative pain, formation of the blood clot or anesthetic risks.

 

FINAL INFORMATION ABOUT BREAST AUGMENTATION FAT TRANSFER SURGERY

 Some patients can have problems breastfeeding and produce less milk after the surgery although this condition is pretty uncommon. Usually, women are able to breastfeed the same as before. However, if a woman has recently become a mother, she can have the surgery 6 to 12 months after she has stopped breastfeeding. This is something to keep in mind when timing the surgery. 

If the patient significantly loses or gains weight after the surgery, this might affect the look of the breasts. Every patient is different so it’s not always easy to predict if the breasts will change their appearance. In some cases, the fat that was transferred to the breasts can act as if it is in its original body area. So, if the patient would lose fat in the thighs she would also lose it in the breasts.

 

BENEFITS OF BREAST AUGMENTATION FAT TRANSFER SURGERY

The surgery can be greatly beneficial for women who don’t desire dramatic results but wish for a more natural and subtle breasts enhancement. Fat grafting can increase breast size, improve breast asymmetry, provide breasts enlargement without visible or very small scars.

 Typically, patients who come to Lucia Clinic to have the surgery can get one full cup size increase. Their breasts feel soft and look natural. After following the strict after-surgery protocol, the patients can quickly return to their normal life and enjoy their newly found self-confidence.

 Even though breast augmentation fat transfer surgery achieves a small increase in breasts size it can really make a big difference regarding patients’ self-esteem and feeling good about their new body’s contours.

Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer Surgery - Fat Grafting

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FAT TRANSFER SURGERY?

To start, breast augmentation with fat transfer surgery is less invasive. There are fewer incisions. The plastic surgeon injects the fat into the patient’s breasts so the patient doesn’t end up with a lot of scars. The results are more natural-looking. During the surgery, the patient can have two areas of the body improved. The surgeon removes the fat from another area using liposuction and transfers it to the patient’s breasts to increase their size and improve the shape.  This way with a single procedure the patient has a double benefit.

 

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION FAT TRANSFER SURGERY? 

This surgery can be a good choice for patients who are unsatisfied with their breast size but want to avoid having breastimplants. The surgery involves transferring fat from another body part like the stomach, buttocks or thighs to the breasts. So the procedure is ideal forpatients who have enough fat needed for transferring it. It is not suitable for very slim patients.  

The patients who can greatly benefit from this surgery: 

●      Are unhappy with the shape of their breast

●      Have naturally smaller breasts

●      Have asymmetrical breasts

●      Wish to enlarge their breasts without implants

●      Are unhappy with the volume of their breast

●      Have reduced their breasts size and lost breast volume because of pregnancy or weight loss

●      Are physically and emotionally prepared for the operation

●      Have too much fat on hips, stomach or legs and wish to eliminate it

 

WHAT DOES BREAST ENLARGEMENT FAT TRANSFER SURGERY INVOLVE?

First, the patient is consulted with Lucia Clinic’s plastic surgeon. The surgeon explains to the patients how to prepare for the procedure and what the procedure looks like. Also, the surgeon discusses with the patient her goals and expectations. The surgeon examines the present state of the patient’s breasts to determine the best surgical technique. The surgeon assesses: 

●      Breast shape and size

●      Body area from which the patient wishes to transfer fat

●      The quantity and quality of breast skin and tissue

●      Patient’s medical history - any cases of breast illnesses

●      Allergies that the patient might have

●      Possible medication that the patient is currently taking 

Once all the questions are answered, the surgeon creates a customized plan and explains it to the patient. The plan includes the size of the breast the surgeon will achieve with fat transfer, how long the procedure will last and how long the patient will need to recover.  

It is important for the patient to fully understand what are the benefits, risks and possible complications of the surgery before she definitely decides to undergo it.  

Also, it is important that the patient keeps realistic expectations about the results of the surgery.

 

IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE SURGERY SESSION?

Often yes. Especially if the patient is not satisfied with the breast size after the first session, she may have additional ones. Of course, the number of sessions is discussed with the plastic surgeon. 

The reason why some patients decide to have multiple sessions is that there is a limit to how much fat can be transferred to the patient’s breasts. If the patient wishes to achieve a larger size of the breasts, more sessions are necessary, because in the first 6 months post-surgery the patient’s body can naturally absorb almost 30% to 50% of fat that was transferred into breasts. Every patient is different so the percentage of absorbed fat and the final size of the breasts can’t be guaranteed. Therefore, this technique of breast augmentation may need more time to perform and maintain the results. 

The treatment time for every session may last for 2 to 3 hours.

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE SURGERY?

Before the surgery, the patient can do a few things to make the recovery time quicker and easier. 

The surgeon can recommend the patient to avoid smoking and alcohol because the recovery will be faster. Nicotine should be avoided at least for 6 weeks before and after the surgery.  

It is recommended to find somebody to drive the patient home after the surgery. Also, the patient shouldn’t be without supervision for the first 24 hours after the surgery in case of any complications.

ON THE DAY OF THE SURGERY

First, the surgeon draws lines to show the patient which areas will be treated and explain the specific goals of the procedure.

 Next, the patient will receive anesthesia before the surgery. It can be only local anesthesia or general - it all depends on what the surgeon has agreed on with the patient.

 Once the patient is in the operating room, the surgeon cleans the breast area to keep it sterile and avoid infection. Then the surgery can start.

 Breast augmentation with fat transfer surgery involves multiple steps. First, the surgeon removes the fat from the body area that is pre-agreed with the patient, using liposuction. These areas can be arms, thighs, buttocks or stomach. Tumescence solution is injected into the chosen body area - a medication that reduces bleeding and pain during the surgery. The fat that was removed goes through the process of cleansing -washing and refinement.

 The purified fat is then carefully injected through a small plastic tube into the upper part of the patient’s breasts that consists of small natural hollow pockets. As a result, the patient’s breasts become enlarged.  

Finally, the surgeon finishes the surgery by putting tape and straps on the tiny wounds from fat injection and liposuction.

 

HOW DOES THE PATIENT FEEL AFTER THE SURGERY AND WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?

 The patient’s body should completely heal after 4 to 6 weeks, but every patient is different so the full results may vary. If a patient needs several sessions to achieve the desired size and shape of the breasts the full results may be seen after 12 months.  

It is highly recommended to follow the strict aftercare protocol to achieve the best results from the surgery.

 

AFTER SURGERY RECOVERY PROTOCOL

It is absolutely crucial that the patient follows the strict recovery protocol given by the surgeon during consultation. As every patient is different the recovery time may vary. 

A lot of patients can go home on the same day after the surgery, but some might be required to spend the night at the hospital. Before the patient goes home she needs to arrange a follow-up appointment with the surgeon within the next two weeks.

 During the first week of recovery, the patient mustn’t lift heavy objects. These include shopping bags as well. It is vital that the patient keeps a healthy and balanced diet after the surgery - rich in proteins and low in salt, fats and sugars. It is also important that the patient drinks a lot of water.

 Another tip for the recovery time is to sleep on the back in the first days.

 All the additional recommendations and the duration of the recovery time are given by the surgeon and the patient should strictly follow them.

 

WHAT RISKS ARE CONNECTED TO BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH FAT TRANSFER SURGERY?

 There are a few possible complications that might happen after the surgery. They include: 

●      Bruising and bleeding

 As in any surgery, bruising and bleeding are possible. This generally happens right after the surgery.

 ●      Oil cysts and fat necrosis 

These complications happen really rarely and there are treatments that can help with these conditions. When the surgeon uses a good technique to perform this surgery these complications are unlikely to happen.

●      The possibility of infection 

Infections may occur after the surgery, precisely in the first two weeks. The symptoms include major redness in the skin around the wound or the wound is not properly healing. Antibiotics can solve minor infections, but in any case, the patient must inform the surgeon right away if she notices these symptoms. 

There are some other, general surgical risks like allergic reactions, nausea, post-operative pain, formation of the blood clot or anesthetic risks.

 

FINAL INFORMATION ABOUT BREAST AUGMENTATION FAT TRANSFER SURGERY

 Some patients can have problems breastfeeding and produce less milk after the surgery although this condition is pretty uncommon. Usually, women are able to breastfeed the same as before. However, if a woman has recently become a mother, she can have the surgery 6 to 12 months after she has stopped breastfeeding. This is something to keep in mind when timing the surgery. 

If the patient significantly loses or gains weight after the surgery, this might affect the look of the breasts. Every patient is different so it’s not always easy to predict if the breasts will change their appearance. In some cases, the fat that was transferred to the breasts can act as if it is in its original body area. So, if the patient would lose fat in the thighs she would also lose it in the breasts.

 

BENEFITS OF BREAST AUGMENTATION FAT TRANSFER SURGERY

The surgery can be greatly beneficial for women who don’t desire dramatic results but wish for a more natural and subtle breasts enhancement. Fat grafting can increase breast size, improve breast asymmetry, provide breasts enlargement without visible or very small scars.

 Typically, patients who come to Lucia Clinic to have the surgery can get one full cup size increase. Their breasts feel soft and look natural. After following the strict after-surgery protocol, the patients can quickly return to their normal life and enjoy their newly found self-confidence.

 Even though breast augmentation fat transfer surgery achieves a small increase in breasts size it can really make a big difference regarding patients’ self-esteem and feeling good about their new body’s contours.

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