Breast augmentation with fat grafting, or autologous fat transfer, is a procedure to increase breast size and improve the shape of the breasts using the patient's fat tissue. This technique can be used as an alternative to breast implants or as a way to improve the results of breast implant surgery. Breast augmentation with fat grafting is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.
When considering fat transfer breast augmentation, it is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing this procedure. The surgeon will be able to assess your individual goals and help you decide if this is the right procedure for you.
The breast augmentation fat transfer procedure is carried out in three easy steps.
Step #1: Fat Harvesting
The first step is to harvest fat from another part of the body, such as the abdomen or hips. This can be done using a variety of methods, including liposuction, mini-liposuction, or a technique known as tumescent liposuction. The liposuction procedure involves utilizing a small, blunt-tipped cannula to suction out the fat. Then, the cannula is moved back and forth over the treatment area to break up the fat cells. This helps to release the fat so it can be collected more easily.
Step #2: Processing of the Fat
The second step is to process the fat tissue. The harvested fat is placed in a centrifuge, which spins the fat cells and separates them from the surrounding fluids. This helps to purify the fat so it can be injected into the breasts.
Step #3: Injection of the Fat
The third and final step is to inject the purified fat into the breasts. This is done using a fine needle and a special injection technique that helps to ensure the fat is deposited evenly into the breasts. It is a crucial step as it frames the final outlook.
Another advanced technique of fat grafting involves placing small volumes of grafts in different layers. This technique helps to create a more natural and seamless look as well as a long-lasting breast shape. It adepts blood circulation through the cells restricts from getting necrosed and helps the transplanted fat to survive better.
Mild Ptosis or Grade 1: A breast ptosis is a condition in which the breast falls or sags. This can be due to factors such as age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss. Mild ptosis can be corrected with breast augmentation with fat grafting.
Post-Bariatric Surgery: Some women who have undergone bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) find that they are left with excess skin and tissue around the breasts. Breast augmentation with fat grafting can help to improve the appearance of the breasts in these patients.
Congenital Hypoplasia: Some women are born with smaller breasts due to a condition known as congenital hypoplasia. Breast augmentation with fat grafting can help to improve the appearance of the breasts in these patients.
Breast asymmetry: Breast asymmetry is a condition in which the two breasts are of different sizes. Breast augmentation with fat grafting can help to even out the size of the breasts and improve the overall appearance of the chest.