It is actually pretty simple. Fat is collected during routine liposuction under local anesthesia of most body areas. The procedure is usually combined with body contouring of the abdomen and waist. The fat is collected in a sterile container so it can be transferred back into your body. The fat is then carefully injected into the breasts to increase volume. The fat is placed in small droplets in multiple layers. The key is to promote the take of the fat cells in their new location. Natural breast augmentation does not require implants, large incisions or general anesthesia. Its very safe and can give you great, natural results.
Breast fat transfer is best for patients who once had larger breasts that have now deflated. Fat transfer of the breast is a filling procedure. So the best candidates have enough space to be filled with fat. This is most common in women that have breast fed. Patients can expect up to a cup size increase, sometime more or less. Patients seeking more than a cup size increase will require breast implants.
As this is a filling procedure, patients with very small breasts have no space to fill with fat. The fat needs space to live and injecting into a very tight space will not work. Breast fat transfer is not a lifting procedure either. Filling the breasts with fat will give the appearance of some lift. However, patients with sagging or ptosis will require a breast lift for best results.
Yes. Studies have shown no correlation between fat transfer and breast cancer. However, breast fat transfer patients are required to have a mammogram prior to the procedure. This is to rule out any abnormalities and to take a snapshot of the breast tissue before the procedure. When the fat is placed in the breasts, a small cannula is used. This thin tube can cause some disruptions in the breast tissue. This does not cause cancer, but it can be confused on future mammograms. This is why we order a mammogram prior to the procedure to document any changes caused by the fat transfer.
A certain percentage of the fat transferred will not survive. Rarely, sometimes these dying fat cells can cause cysts. There are also small risks of bleeding and infection but these are also very rare. All patients get antibiotics and the local anesthetic we use prevents any bleeding.
Easy! Come in for a free consultation to determine if you are a good candidate.