Every woman wants well-shaped breasts which are proportionate to the rest of the body. When factors such as aging, weight fluctuations and pregnancy lead to loss of volume and symmetry, many women choose to undergo breast augmentation to restore the appearance of the bust line. In the past, implants were once the only option available, but today, women have a more viable choice – fat transfer breast enhancement. This technique is proving a great alternative for women who want natural looking results and have reservations about saline and silicone breast implants.
What the Procedure Involves
The plastic surgeon first identifies the donor sites – the areas from which excess fat can be removed. These are typically the abdomen, flanks or thighs. In established plastic surgery practices, the surgeons use minimally invasive laser liposuction techniques to remove the desired amount of fat from the area. The fat tissues are then purified and processed and injected into the breasts to enhance size and contour. The use of 3D imaging technology helps determine the volume of fat that is needed for the enhancement as well as its appropriate placement.
The Ideal Candidate
Women who want a modest increase in breast size and have fat to spare in specific areas are the best candidates for fat grafting. Having good skin tone is important for optimal results. Patients should also be in good health and close to their ideal weight, and have realistic expectations about the results.
Advantages of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Compared to implants, autologous fat grafting for cosmetic breast surgery comes with many advantages
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Treatment requires only local anesthesia
- No lengthy surgical incisions
- Breasts that look and feel natural
- No implant-related risks
- No fear of foreign material insertion
- Short and safe procedures
- Reduced downtime
- Less pain and scarring
One important advantage of fat transfer is that it improves the appearance of the donor sites, that is, areas such as abdomen, back and thighs which tend to have stubborn fat deposits that cannot be resolved with exercise and diets.
Generally, only relatively small amount of fat can be injected because of the limited space available within the breast. According to a report in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, a pre-expansion technique allows successful mega-volume fat transfer to the breasts, thereby improving the natural outcome.
Fat grafting is also an important element in composite breast augmentation. This procedure uses implants as well as fat and is ideal when the overlying soft tissue does not adequately cover the implant. After the implants are placed, fat is injected over them to provide a natural look and feel.