Breast Fat Transfer Gold Coast

Achieving a more natural result

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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Gold Coast

“Breast fat transfer involves harvesting fat by liposuction.”

Breast fat transfer, also known as autologous fat transfer or fat grafting, is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the shape, size and appearance of the breasts. Rather than using a silicone or saline implant, this alternative breast augmentation procedure uses your fat to augment the breasts.

Breast augmentation by fat transfer works by removing fat from unwanted areas such as the tummy, thighs and love handles via liposuction and transferring it to the breasts. This breast sculpting procedure is rapidly increasing in popularity. It is an excellent option for women with smaller breasts looking for a subtle, natural-looking increase in their breast size.

Benefits of breast fat tansfer

Breast augmentation via fat transfer offers patients a range of benefits, such as:

  • Improves breast shape, cleavage and body proportions without using an implant.
  • Achieves a more natural-looking breast enhancement of around one to two cup sizes.
  • Minimal scarring after the procedure as breast fat transfer is less invasive, especially in comparison to traditional breast augmentation.
  • The fat removal process has the added benefit of slimming and contouring other body areas.
  • Compared to breast implant surgery, breast fat transfer has fewer risks and much faster recovery times.
  • Cellular renewal processes triggered during the procedure can improve the quality and appearance of the skin.
  • Improves or corrects the breast shape for women suffering from congenital or developmental breast changes and asymmetry.
  • Fat transfer to breasts can correct issues caused by implants, such as wrinkling, rippling, and capsular contracture.
  • Enhances upper breast fullness for breast reduction and breast lift patients.
  • For women with implants, breast fat transfer can smooth the implant outline to blend in better with the natural contours.
  • Women of thin or petite figures who have visible ribs find fat transfer to breasts can camouflage their rib appearance.

Breast fat transfer candidates

You may be a suitable candidate for a breast fat transfer if you:

  • Are in overall good health mentally and physically
  • At a stable and healthy weight
  • Have realistic expectations regarding what surgery can achieve
  • Are only wanting a slight increase in breast size
  • Have enough excess fat elsewhere on the body to be used as a donor site
  • Do not have any blood circulation problems
  • Have firm, elastic skin
  • Do not smoke or are willing to quit before and after surgery
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Fat transfer vs breast implants

While breast fat transfer is becoming more popular, breast implants remain the preferred way of augmenting breasts. Despite that, a fat transfer does offer numerous advantages over traditional breast augmentation. Scars are minor, and the results are more natural. Patients avoid having to insert a foreign material into their body, which can produce significant complications and risks. The implants may rupture, leak, migrate, or contract around the scar tissue to cause severe discomfort. However, breast implants may be better if you want a more dramatic breast transformation. It is all about weighing up the pros and cons against what your hope to achieve with an augmentation. Depending on your goals, Dr Sawhney may also be able to combine your fat transfer breast augmentation with implants.

Do you want to enhance your breast projection and shape but are nervous about looking too fake or worried that implants are an unnatural introduction into the body? Dr Raja Sawhney has written a comprehensive guide on what to consider when undergoing breast fat transfer or breast implants.

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What can you expect from breast fat transfer

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Reshape your entire body

Virtually no scars

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Your consultations at Sculpted Clinic

During your first consultation at Sculpted Clinic, Dr Sawhney will discuss your reasons for wanting a breast fat transfer and assess your breasts to understand what augmentation can be done to correct your concerns. It is essential to discuss your desired outcomes from the procedure and your aesthetic preferences. You will also need to disclose your medical history, including any current medications you may be on or previous surgeries you may have had. This discussion will also include your current health and lifestyle. This information is vital for Dr Sawhney to devise a personalised treatment plan that targets your concerns and considers your needs and anticipated outcomes.

Dr Sawhney will then use 3-D Vectra imaging and a sizing kit to show you what you would look like with different volumes of augmentation. This will help you decide on how much volume you want to be added to your breasts. Depending on this, Dr Sawhney will advise you on how many fat grafts would be required to achieve your goals. He will give you time to contemplate these options. You can repeat the exercises with the sizing kit and Vectra 3-D imaging at your second consultation before deciding on the volume and method you want to use.

It is essential to know that after any breast surgery, the breasts do swell, and results take two to three months to settle. Swelling and bruising tend to be more prominent after a fat transfer, and it is vital to keep in mind that as this resolves, the breast will shrink in size to your stable result.

Photos will need to be taken of your breasts so that Dr Sawhney can document your concerns and devise a procedure plan that considers your aesthetic goals and lessens scarring where possible. These images are kept on your medical file and are strictly confidential amongst your immediate medical team.

Cost of breast fat transfer on the Gold Coast

The cost of your breast fat transfer depends on various factors, such as the complexity of the procedure, surgeon fees, anaesthetist costs, hospital fees, and aftercare costs. This will vary for every patient based on their needs but will generally include:

Surgeon’s fees 
This is the fee Dr Sawhney charges for performing the surgery, considering your body type, the chosen fat donor sites, and the time needed in the theatre to complete the operation. It is also based on the doctor’s experience, knowledge, and accreditation. Patients should always ensure their doctor has the proper certification and experience to perform such a surgery, even if the cost will be dearer, as serious risks are involved when an unqualified surgeon performs any procedure.

Anaesthetist costs
Your anaesthetist will administer anaesthesia and monitor your vitals during the procedure. Ensuring your anaesthetist is highly qualified is crucial because if any complications from the anaesthetic occur, your anaesthetist will have the knowledge and experience to treat you.

Hospital fees
This fee covers hospital use, including time spent in the operating theatre and recovering the anaesthesia, as well as any overnight stays that may be required to help with your recovery. Hospital stays are not always needed, but it is essential to know that they can occur, influencing your hospital cost estimates.

Post-operative care costs

You may have aftercare costs for your surgery, including the cost of compression garments, medications, creams, and any supplies you may need during your recovery period. You will need someone to take care of your usual chores and tasks for a few weeks, which may influence costs.

Generally, breast augmentation procedures by fat transfer or implants are considered cosmetic procedures, meaning they will not be covered by Medicare, and you cannot claim the costs via your private health insurance or Medicare. If your breast fat transfer is to correct breast concerns such as tuberous or underdeveloped breasts, you may qualify for a Medicare claim under correction of the breast shape. However, this requires patients to submit photos to a committee that will determine if the photos match the breast shape being corrected. If the surgery is reconstructive in nature, Medicare will not usually cover the costs unless the reconstruction requires implants, but you may still be eligible for a claim with your breast fat transfer via your private health fund.

To receive an individualised quote, please get in touch to book a consultation with Dr Sawhney.

Fat transfer breast augmentation procedure

Through the use of liposuction, fat is removed from unwanted areas. The common sites for this are the stomach, hips, or inner and outer thighs. This fat is then prepared for transfer and injected around the breast mound. This fat forms a new blood supply in the breasts to become living fat again.

Your breast fat transfer will comprise the following steps:

1. Anaesthesia
Breast fat transfer can be performed using both local anaesthesia and general anaesthesia. The right choice will depend on your overall health and the amount of fat to remove via liposuction. Dr Sawhney will determine which type of anaesthetic to use during your initial consultation.

2. Liposuction
Before surgery, you and Dr Sawhney will select a donor site for fat removal. Dr Sawhney will inject this area with a local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort and bleeding. He will make small incisions, through which he will insert a thin cannula to extract the unwanted fat. Once the fat has been suctioned out, the small incisions will be closed.

3. Fat purification
Once the desired amount of fat has been removed, Dr Sawhney will prepare it for re-implantation into the breasts. This preparation is done by spinning the fat in a centrifuge to separate the cells from the fluid. Once purified, Dr Sawhney will transfer the fat into the syringes used for fat injection.

4. Fat transfer
Next, Dr Sawhney will prepare your breasts for the transfer. He will insert and withdraw the injection needle into the breast multiple times. Each time this is done, a line of fat is carefully deposited in your natural tissue planes. This process is repeated until the desired breast size and shape are achieved, after which Dr Sawhney will close your incisions and apply dressings to the grafted area.

Recovery after your surgery

Following your breast fat transfer, you may experience discomfort, soreness and swelling at your breasts and liposuction sites. While recovery times are shorter than traditional breast augmentation surgery, you should still take some time to rest and heal. Maintaining a healthy diet and good hydration levels is crucial during this time to help facilitate your body’s natural healing.

Any pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medication, and you will be fitted with a compression bra after surgery to help minimise swelling and discomfort until you completely recover. During this time, it is recommended to wear loose-fitting clothing to help with discomfort. It is also important to take any prescribed medications and creams and monitor how your body heals.

On your first day, you will need to sleep on your back and stay roughly 30 degrees elevated to reduce swelling and facilitate wound healing. Around two days after your procedure, you should be able to return to basic tasks and activities that are not physically demanding. Most breast fat transfer patients return to work within a week. However, patients must avoid swimming and strenuous exercise for up to six weeks, and refrain from driving for at least a week. It is also recommended to avoid consuming alcohol and smoking which can adversely affect your healing.

If you experience any unusual symptoms or adverse reactions, it is crucial that you contact Dr Sawhney and advise him straight away. You should also endeavour to attend all post-operative appointments to allow Dr Sawhney to assess your healing and outcomes so far. Dr Sawhney will provide thorough aftercare instructions before your breast fat transfer procedure.

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Risks & complications

All invasive procedures come with risks. Some of the complications associated with breast fat transfer include:

  • Anaesthetic complications
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Delayed healing
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Fat necrosis
  • Aching, pain and swelling
  • Oil cysts
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Poor scarring
  • Blood clots

Ensuring you follow your aftercare plan as advised by Dr Sawhney, the chance for these risks and side effects to occur becomes minimised, but they may still occur. It is important to be aware of them in case you notice any changes. Please get in touch with Dr Sawhney immediately if you notice anything unusual following your breast fat transfer.

Breast Fat Transfer: frequently asked questions

All fat in our body has a blood supply; however, when removed, this supply to the blood is lost. Breast fat transfer relies on the transplanted fat creating a new blood supply from the body. However, this does not always work. If the fat does not take, you may require additional fat transfers. Depending on your goals, you may need up to three or four fat transfers.

When you book your breast fat transfer, our team will review the procedure’s date, time and place. We will give you specific pre-operative instructions, including when to shower, stop eating and what to bring to the hospital. You may also need to stop taking certain medications before surgery, and you must stop smoking. You will not be able to drive after the procedure and will need to arrange alternative transportation.

There is always a risk for visible scarring to occur with any procedure patients undertake, medical or cosmetic. Although a breast augmentation fat transfer is less invasive than a traditional implant augmentation, scarring can still occur. However, Dr Sawhney uses the latest techniques and assesses your concerns thoroughly to choose incision areas that are less visible or that can be covered up, taking every precaution to ensure scarring is minimised where possible. It is also vitally important that patients follow their aftercare plan, which is designed to reduce the visibility of scarring.

The proper method of breast augmentation for you will depend on your aesthetic goals. Breast fat transfer may suit you if you seek a subtle change with natural results. However, breast implants may be a better option if you want a noticeable difference with customisable and predictable results. If you’re unsure, please book a consultation to discuss your options with Dr Sawhney.

The fat transferred to your breasts during this procedure comes from fat deposits in your body. This is usually extracted via liposuction from areas of the body with unwanted, excess fat, such as the tummy, thighs, hips, arms, or buttocks.

Any transferred fat that survives will be permanent. However, weight fluctuations may alter the volume of your breasts. You should follow a healthy diet and regular exercise regime to maintain your results.

This highly depends on the technique utilised to harvest and transfer the fat. Stable take rates of up to 80 to 90 per cent can be seen in ideal patients with Dr Sawhney’s techniques. Unlike breast augmentation using breast implants, fat transfer can artistically shape the breast in any direction required. You can use more fat in areas that are deficient in volume differentially. If you have asymmetrical breasts, you can put more fat in the smaller breast to restore a symmetrical appearance. The procedure has its limits, and only a finite amount of fat can be transferred in one sitting, depending on the starting volume of the breasts.

Therefore, you have a few options if you have petite breasts and want to have them significantly enlarged. You may choose to have multiple sequential fat transfers at least three months apart to allow time for the previous graft to settle in. Alternatively, you may combine the fat transfer with a small implant to attain the overall enlargement you want. The benefit of this over breast implants alone is that the implant will be smaller, and there will be more of your own tissue and fat over the top, so you are less likely to feel the implant, and your breasts will feel and look more natural.

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Breast fat transfer with Sculpted, Gold Coast

If you are interested in breast augmentation, make an appointment to see Dr Raja Sawhney at Sculpted so he can give you your options and guide you to the best way to achieve your desired outcome.

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