Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Conveniently located to serve Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tucson
As the science of fat transfer has brought new and exciting options in body contouring, patients now have another option when adding fullness to their breasts: fat transfer breast augmentation. Whether there is asymmetry and you just need more fullness on one side, or you are looking to upsize both breasts, fat transfer can be a great procedure.
There is the added bonus of fat removal from the harvest sites, but of course, you must have fat to be harvested, so this may not be an option for very slender women. The amount of fat that survives the surgery is anywhere from approximately 40 to 75%, and sometimes more than one procedure is needed to achieve larger volumes. Typically, this is for the woman who doesn’t want implants or the maintenance they can require, that has failed implants, or that only wants a modest increase in size.
Benefits Of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
No Implants Needed: Many women are averse to the idea of introducing foreign materials like silicone into their bodies. For these women, breast augmentation by fat transfer is the best option. It is an autologous procedure, meaning the body’s own tissue is used. Because the body recognizes autologous material, there is no chance of rejection or allergic reaction.
Very Natural Feel: Because natural fat is used for augmentation, the breasts look and feel incredibly natural following this procedure.
Less Invasive: The incisions needed for fat injection into the breasts are very small. This means minimal bruising and swelling, along with a quick recovery.
Fat Reduction: Breast augmentation using fat transfer is a two-in-one procedure. Not only do you add volume to your breasts, but you also get the chance to remove unwanted fat from areas of your body, including your stomach and thighs. This is an ideal procedure for women with apple-shaped bodies who would like to remove fat from their midsection and enhance their chest area.
No Risk of Rupture or Leak: Implants come with the chance of issues like rupture, leaks, shifting, and rippling. Fat transfer breast augmentation does not involve any of these risks.
No Risk of Capsular Contracture: Capsular contracture is a condition characterized by a tighter-than-normal scar-tissue capsule around a breast implant. This can result in stiffness, pain, form-related aesthetic issues, and increased risk of blood clots. Choosing a fat transfer procedure eliminates this risk.
Better Shaping: Fat transfer breast augmentation allows for more precise shaping than implant-based breast augmentation. The desired shape and form of the breasts can be more easily achieved through this method.
Longer-Lasting Results: Unlike breast implants, which need replacement over time, fat transfer is permanent. This means you will not have to deal with additional expenses in order to maintain ideal results.
Scottsdale patients who do not want breast implants but want to enhance their breast size are excellent candidates for fat-transfer breast augmentation. Women who lost breast volume after pregnancy are candidates for this technique. It is also ideal for patients who have undergone breast implant removal but want ideal breast symmetry.
The best candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation are patients who have enough excess fat for transfer and have realistic goals for the procedure. Fat transfer breast augmentation is appropriate for women who want to fill the gap in their bra without changing their bra size.
Patients below 18 years old or suffering from breast cancer are not recommended to undergo this form of natural breast augmentation. Patients are recommended to choose other breast augmentation procedures such as augmentation with implants if they want to drastically increase their breast size.
Your Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Consultation
During your consultation in Scottsdale, you must present your medical records, including those detailing any previous breast procedures. You will also discuss your goals for the procedure. We will address any concerns regarding fat transfer breast augmentation.
The plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and any areas of your body that have excess fat. This helps determine whether you have enough excess fat to achieve your desired volume. We will recommend a different breast augmentation procedure if your amount of excess fat is not sufficient to achieve your goals for the fat transfer breast augmentation.
The plastic surgeon will then develop the most suitable treatment plan. They will make sure you understand what to expect before, during, and after the fat transfer breast augmentation procedure. All questions you ask during your consultation will be properly addressed.
Pre-operative Instructions for Fat Transfer
Preparation will be required before a fat transfer breast augmentation. Dr. White may need you to do the following for safe and optimal results:
- Make work and recovery arrangements – Fat transfer may only need a quick recovery, but you still will have to rest for a certain period. It is important to make arrangements for your job, children, pets, and other important aspects of your life so you can heal properly after the procedure.
- Stop smoking – Smoking can disrupt the healing process and may cause a number of complications. You must stop smoking before your procedure and continue to avoid smoking during your recovery.
- Avoid certain medications and supplements – Certain medications and herbal supplements can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.
- Arrange a ride home – It will be very risky to drive on your own immediately after the procedure. You must arrange in advance for someone to drive you home.
- Avoid makeup and certain products – Makeup and products such as cosmetic creams, hair products, deodorants, and sunscreen should not be used the day of your procedure.
The Fat Transfer Procedure
The fat transfer breast augmentation procedure usually takes an hour. The duration will vary depending on the amount of fat extracted and whether one or both breasts are being augmented. This surgery is done on an outpatient basis at the Virginia Piper Outpatient Surgical Facility in Scottsdale under general anesthesia.
The fat harvest site is predetermined in consultation with Dr. White. Patients usually choose the excess fat located in their abdomen, love handles, thighs, buttocks, or hips. Removing this fat can also enhance the aesthetics of these areas, so patients will need to carefully pick which area to extract the fat cells from for the procedure.
The fat is removed from the chosen areas using liposuction. The grafted body fat will be processed and then filtered and injected into the breasts to give added fullness. More fat than desired will be transferred to the breasts since not all of the fat cells will survive after the procedure.
The Recovery Process
Recovery instructions will be provided by Dr. White to help with the healing process. You will go home with a compression garment on the harvest areas and a soft bra on your breasts. You are encouraged to be up and around even on the evening of surgery, avoiding strenuous activity. Positions and activities that put pressure on the chest area will be discouraged until the injected fat cells have fully integrated into the breasts.
Typically you can return to full activity after 2 to 3 weeks. At around 3 months you will be able to assess how much fat has survived the transfer, while the liposuctioned harvest sites take the usual 6 months or more to completely heal (lose all swelling, regain normal sensation).
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Cost
When it comes to breast enlargement with fat grafting, the exact price varies from patient to patient. Fat transfer breast augmentation in Scottsdale cost depends on factors like the total time needed to perform the surgery, the amount of fat transferred, and the patient’s goals. We provide financing options for our patients to make our cosmetic services as affordable as possible.
Schedule Your Consultation
At Deborah White, M.D. Plastic Surgery, you can speak with Dr. White to learn more about fat transfer breast augmentation in Scottsdale. Let us help you make a sound decision during your visit. Schedule your consultation by contacting us today!
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