Integrated Aesthetics

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

If you would like to increase the size of your breast or restore breast volume that has been lost as the result of biopsies or a lumpectomy, a fat transfer breast augmentation can be a good solution. The multi-step procedure uses fat from your own body to increase your breast volume up to one cup size.

Avg Cost: $8k - $12k
Avg Recovery: 2 - 4 Weeks
Discomfort Level:
Anesthesia: Local, General or IV Sedation

If you are a good candidate for a fat transfer breast augmentation, you will be in good health. You should be a nonsmoker or stop smoking several weeks before the procedure. Dr. Cho will meet with you to take your full medical history and find out about any pre-existing conditions that may affect the surgery. You should also have enough fat on your body to achieve they desired result.

 

The fat transfer breast augmentation will take 4-6 hours, depending on how much fat is being transferred into the breast. While you will probably be able to return to work within a week’s time, you should avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks. You should be able to see the results of your breast augmentation within six weeks.

The fat transfer breast augmentation is considered a low-risk procedure with a short recovery period. The procedure has three distinct stages, liposuction to remove the fat, purification of the fat and transfer of the fat into the breast. The liposuction part of the procedure will be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with twilight sedation.

 

Dr. Cho will insert a cannula directly into the fat on the chosen areas through tiny incisions. The fat is separated with a centrifuge or gravity filtration system, and the purified fat cells are then transferred to syringes for injection and a small cannula to reduce bruising. The doctor will use a technique with multiple injections to create a natural shape for your breasts. After the surgery, you will wear a post-surgery bra along with compression garments for the areas of your body where liposuction was performed. 

Some people combine a fat transfer breast augmentation with a breast lift to improve sagging breasts.

Breast augmentation is traditionally performed with breast implants filled with silicone gel or saline.

PROS

CONS

  • A fat transfer breast augmentation uses fat from your own body so there is minimal risk of allergic reaction.
  • Your breast should look natural after the procedure.
  • The results of a fat transfer breast augmentation are permanent.
  • You can benefit from body contouring in the areas of your body where liposuction was performed.
  • Only 50% - 70% of the fat cells survive the transfer, and the dead cells may cause pain, bleeding or other symptoms.
  • If more fat cells survive on one side than the other, asymmetry can result.
  • A fat transfer breast augmentation will not achieve a large change.
  • The procedure may cause problems for breastfeeding, and it may interfere with mammograms.

Injecting fat into the breasts can pose a risk to breastfeeding. Other risks of the procedure include nodules, lumps and cysts in the breast, as well as indentations at the fat harvest site. A fat transfer breast augmentation may interfere with breast screening examinations.

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