Breast Fat Transfer

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Breast Fat Transfer 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 own 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 and is an excellent option for women with smaller breasts who are looking for a subtle, natural-looking increase in their breast size.

Benefits of breast fat transfer

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

  • Improve breast shape, cleavage and body proportions without using an implant
  • Achieve a more natural-looking breast enhancement of around one to two cup sizes
  • Breast enhancement results look and feel completely natural
  • Minimal scarring after the procedure, especially in comparison to traditional breast augmentation
  • The fat removal process has the added benefit of slimming and contouring other areas of the body
  • When 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

How does breast fat transfer work?

Using liposuction, fat is removed from unwanted areas. The common sites for this are the tummy and love handles or inner and outer thighs. This fat is then prepared for transfer and injected around the breast mound. This fat then takes on a new blood supply in the breasts to become living fat again.

Your breast fat transfer will comprise of the following steps:

1. Anaesthesia

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

2. Liposuction

Prior to 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 any 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 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 is achieved, after which Dr Sawhney will close your incisions and apply dressings to the grafted area.

Breast fat transfer candidates

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

  • Are in overall good health
  • Have realistic expectations regarding what surgery can achieve
  • Are only wanting a small increase in breast size
  • Have enough excess fat elsewhere on the body to be used as a donor site
  • Do not have any circulation problems
  • Have firm, elastic skin
  • Do not smoke or are willing to quit before and after surgery

Fat transfer vs breast implants

While fat transfer is becoming more popular, breast implants remain the preferred way of augmenting the breasts. Despite that, fat transfer does offer numerous advantages over traditional breast augmentation. Scars are smaller, results are more natural and do not require inserting a foreign material into the body. However, if you are looking for a more dramatic breast transformation, breast implants may be the better option for you. Depending on your goals, Dr Sawhney may also be able to combine your breast fat transfer 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 choosing to undergo breast fat transfer or breast implants.

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Breast fat transfer consultations

At your first consultation, Dr Sawhney will 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 important 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 important to keep this is in mind: as this resolves, the breast will shrink in size to your stable result.

Breast fat transfer recovery

Following your breast fat transfer, you may experience some discomfort, soreness and swelling at both your breasts and your liposuction sites. Any pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medication. While recovery times are shorter than traditional breast augmentation surgery, you should still take some time to rest and heal.

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, any strenuous exercise and swimming will need to be avoided for up to six weeks. Dr Sawhney will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions before your breast fat transfer procedure.

How much of the fat will take?

This is highly dependent on the technique utilised to harvest and transfer the fat. Stable take rates of up to 80 to 90 percent 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 asymmetry, you can put more fat in the smaller breast to bring better symmetry home. 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. If you have very small breasts and want to have them significantly enlarged, you have three options.

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 choose to 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 of it, so you are less likely to feel the implant, and your breasts will feel more natural.

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The obvious third option is to opt to have breast implants alone. If you have very small breasts or have an athletic body having large implants placed, you can easily feel the implants through the skin. Implants alone in this setting can often have poor cover of your own tissue, especially in the upper part of the breast, making it obvious that you have breast implants. Fat transfer can make your breasts look more naturally large and feel softer like your own fat elsewhere, which of course, is exactly what it is. Autologous fat transfer is not a substitute for breast implants. The two work in very different ways, and both have their pros and cons.

Breast Fat Transfer: frequently asked questions

The cost of your breast fat transfer is dependent on a variety of factors, such as the complexity of the procedure, anaesthetist costs and hospital fees. To receive an individualised quote, please get in touch to book a consultation with Dr Sawhney.

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 require up to three or four fat transfers.

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

The right method of breast augmentation for you will depend on your aesthetic goals. If you are seeking a subtle change with natural results, breast fat transfer may be suitable for you. However, if you are wanting a noticeable change with customisable and predictable results, breast implants may be a better option for you. If you’re still not sure, please book a consultation to discuss your options with Dr Sawhney.

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

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

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

  • Anaesthetic complications
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Delayed healing
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Poor scarring
  • Blood clots

If you notice anything unusual following your breast fat transfer, please get in touch with Dr Sawhney immediately.

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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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