What is a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
If you are considering a breast augmentation or change in breast shape, a breast augmentation with fat transfer (also known as breast fat grafting) may be an excellent option. Fat grafting can be considered alone or in conjunction with a breast lift, augmentation, or revision. In this procedure, fat is removed from an area where it isn’t needed and is used to create additional breast volume or to enhance breast shape.
Benefits of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
- Enhanced breast shape
- Can be effectively combined with other surgeries for a consolidated healing period
- Long-lasting or permanent results
Who is a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation right for?
Since fat must be harvested from elsewhere in the body, only patients with enough extra fat are good candidates for these procedures. The fat is most effective when used in combination with a breast implant or breast lift. In some cases, a breast augmentation with fat transfer can be performed alone to achieve modest augmentation or to fill in a specific area of deficiency.
What to expect from a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
During this procedure, liposuction is used to harvest excess fat from an area such as the abdomen, flanks or thighs. This fat is processed during the surgery and re-injected to the breast area to improve the overall shape and to provide additional volume for augmentation.
If fat grafting is combined with implant exchange or removal, switching to a smaller implant often requires modification to the remaining breast tissue. This can be performed with a breast lift and/or fat grafting depending on the amount of extra skin and breast tissue remaining. In many cases, fat grafting to the upper and middle areas of the breast alone can help with improving the shape of the cleavage area.
Recovering from a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Your consultation with Dr. Somogyi is designed to maximize your outcomes and minimize complications by ensuring that the appropriate procedure is selected and that you have a full understanding of your pre and post-operative instructions. Our office is a constant resource for you in this regard and will carefully guide you through this exciting experience.
Before and After Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
View Dr. Somogyi’s before and after breast surgery photos in our gallery here.
Risks of a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
In general, fat grafting is an excellent option in well-selected patients after a thoughtful consultation. The risk profile is very low and recovery is very reasonable, with most women returning to normal activity within a few days after Fat Grafting alone.
Risks specific to fat grafting are rare but include:
- Donor site deformity from uneven liposuction
- Change in sensation around the donor sites
- Variable reabsorption of fat after injection
- Cysts or lumps in the area of fat grafting
How long will a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation last?
Fat grafting outcome lengths can be highly variable. Fat is a natural living tissue that will heal differently in different people. As such, the amount of fat that stays in place after surgery can change over time. Some of the fat that is placed may be reabsorbed by the body, but the amount that stays in place is usually stable and permanent by approximately four months after surgery.
Cost of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
Dr Somogyi creates each quote to reflect the specific plan for each individual patient. An average range would be $9,000 – $11,000