How Does A Breast Fat Transfer Work?*

A breast fat transfer is also typically referred to as a fat transfer breast augmentation. It is a procedure that uses liposuction techniques in order to remove the excess fat from other areas of the body. This fat is then injected into the breast, to serve as a natural breast implant. This is an option that many chose when they decide they want a breast augmentation with just a small size increase while still opting for natural results.

The complete process starts with the surgeon removing excess fat from the patient. This excess fat is usually removed from the patient's stomach, butt, or thigh area. This fat then goes through a process that works to separate the fat from unwanted components. The doctor also takes blood from the patient and puts it through the same process to separate out the stem cells. The stem cells and the fat are then combined and injected into the breasts. Breasts can only hold a certain amount of fat, however, so this particular procedure is for those who just want to increase their breast size by a small amount, usually one cup size.

Some benefits associated with this type of procedure fall into the "killing two birds with one stone" type of mindset in that while patients are getting the breast augmentation they want, they are also getting rid of a rather significant amount of unwanted fat. Many also like the fact that this uses natural fat tissues rather than an implant made of saline or silicone. Many patients who have undergone this breast fat transfer procedure report that their breasts feel "soft" and still have significant sensation and feeling, compared to a regular implant, which often causes a patient to lose some sensation in their breasts.

A risk, or downside, to having a fat transfer breast augmentation is that, with some candidates, this may require more than one procedure and injection to be done in order to get the best results.

This procedure also has the same risks that any other type of breast augmentation could have, as well as the risks that patients are warned of during any type of medical procedure or surgery.
This type of procedure is one that is currently still being researched and studied. Because of this, some doctors and surgeons opt not to try the up and coming procedures this type of breast augmentation follows. Results thus far, however, have been positive though, in showing that this fairly new to the medical world procedure is definitely one to consider if a candidate is truly looking to have this type of plastic surgery done.

A fat transfer breast augmentation is, in most cases, generally less invasive and leaves the patient with less scarring due to the fact that the fat is injected with a minimal sized incision rather than larger scars due to other forms of breast augmentation.

In some cases, surgeons will recommend the follow up to the fat transfer augmentation consists of wearing a brace of sorts, to allow for the injected fat to have a better chance to take to the breasts. The daily length as well as how long overall the use of this brace is recommended varies case by case, depending upon each individual patient and their particular progress through surgery.

The procedure itself is one that often takes anywhere from four to six hours (or more) hours. This is because of the extensive work that is done to preserve the fat tissue during both removal and injection processes. To ensure this, the surgeon injects the fat and stem cell mixture at smaller amounts and intervals, rather than all at once. The procedure is generally an outpatient surgery that uses general anesthesia. The initial recovery time is generally anywhere from one to three days, depending on each individual patient. However, swelling and soreness may take up to two weeks to go away. Surgeons often recommend that full and complete results should not be anticipated until six months after the initial procedure is done.

Candidates for a breast fat transfer augmentation include those who are interested in this alternate form of breast augmentation, of course. Candidates should be in good physical health and have had normal mammogram results in the past. Also, there must be enough body fat present to allow for the transfer process that takes place during the procedure. A consultation meeting is set up before any surgery takes place to ensure candidates know all that is expected of them and the surgeon's entire step by step process.

Dr Douglas Steinbrech is a surgeon who currently practices in New York City. Dr Steinbrech specializes in plastic surgery and has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He focuses his work on doing minimally invasive aesthetic work. His focus involves bringing every bit of his training and expertise as well as his compassion to every procedure to help give all of his patients the results they long for.

*Contributed by Dr. Steinbrech. Photos via Pexels

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