Fat Transfer to Breast
Fat Transfer to Breast Surgery – Fat Grafting Breast Enhancement in Newcastle & Sydney NSW
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation can help enhance both the shape and size of your breasts using your own natural body fat instead of silicone breast implants. Breast enhancement by fat transfer, fat injection or fat grafting makes use of your own fat which is collected, treated and reinjected. You can use unwanted stubborn pockets of fat present in specific parts of your body to improve the shape and size of your breasts and improve your body contour at the same time.
Fat is collected using Liposuction -the suctioning out of the pockets of fat from your body. This suctioned fat is then inserted into your breasts to enhance their shape and make them look fuller. The surgery has a very high patient satisfaction rate and is an excellent option for you if you want a subtle and more natural-looking increase in your breast size. This process is entirely straightforward and does not require you to put breast implants into your body.
Dr. Scott Turner offers several breast augmentation techniques that also includes the fat transfer technique and the hybrid technique. As an accomplished Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Newcastle and Sydney, Dr. Turner can provide you with a caring and supportive environment, with decades of experience to help you achieve your desired breasts through his fat transfer technique.
Benefits of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation surgery?
- It gives you a more natural-looking breast expansion of about one to two cup size. This change is subtle and ideal if you are not looking for gigantic breasts.
- Scarring after the procedure is minimal.
- It helps improve your body proportions by enhancing how the breast and cleavage look.
- It also helps remove excess stubborn fat, which is usually resistant to traditional fat removal methods from the donor site. This fat is then transferred to the site to add volume where it is required.
- The results of the procedure can give you a notable boost in your self-confidence and any self-image issues you might have had due to your natural breast size.
- In comparison to the breast enlargement by implant addition, fat transfer breast enlargement is linked with fewer risks and shorter recovery periods.
Am I a good candidate for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
You might be a good candidate for a fat transfer breast augmentation if:
- You have reasonable expectations about the results of surgery.
- You are in a good state of physical and mental health
- You have an abundance of unwanted fat in your body, which can be transplanted to improve your breasts.
- You want a more modest breast You are looking for subtle enlargement of your breasts of about one to two cup size.
- You want to enhance the appearance of your cleavage.
- You are willing to quit smoking before the surgery till complete recovery.
Dr. Turner will help you set realistic expectations by showing you several pictures and will also show what the changes may look like in you using 3D planning tools. This session will help you get a rough idea of how the results may look; however, it is not 100% accurate as different factors may vary the outcome. It is essential to consult with your surgeon before the operation to know if breast augmentation by fat transfer is an ideal fit for you. Book a consultation with Dr. Turner now to find out if you are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation through fat transfer.
What is involved in a breast augmentation procedure by fat transfer?
Breast augmentation by fat transfer is a cosmetic surgical procedure that both increases and enhances the shape and size of the breasts using fat cells from various parts of the body where they are in surplus. It is an effective way of transferring unwanted fat from your body to the breast. This procedure involves liposuction, a process to remove fat cells from various parts of your body, like the stomach, hips, thighs, or buttocks, or area where there is excess fat, and inject them into the breasts enhancing the size and look of your breast.
It takes more time than a traditional breast augmentation technique and may take anywhere from two to three hours to complete. It takes more time as the removed fat must be cautiously stored, refined, and re-injected correctly into the breasts for an aesthetic and natural-looking result. Numerous small inconspicuous incisions are made for the procedure, so scarring associated is usually minimal.
The following steps outline the various stages of the procedure
Anaesthesia can be performed using local anaesthesia, IV sedation, or general anaesthesia; Dr. Scott Turner will recommend the best anaesthetic considering your health condition to make the procedure more convenient.
Small, inconspicuous incisions are made around the predetermined target site from where fat is to be removed. Local anaesthetics are injected around the site to reduce discomfort and bleeding. A thin cannula is inserted through the incision and moved in a back and forth motion to make the fat cells loose and dislodge them. These dislodged fat cells are suctioned out with the help of a syringe attached to the cannul,a purified, and the small incisions are stitched.
Extraction of fat is as per the needs of breast enlargement of the client.
- Fat purification and Fat transfer
The extracted fat is then concentrated and carefully transferred through a special technique by Dr. Turner. His technique is a fat purification and transfer technique which removes excess components from the extracted fat. Dr. Turner uses this technique as it provides long-term retention to your grafted fats. The filtration system removes contaminants like blood, oil, and fluids that would generally be present in a traditional technique giving a far superior fat while ensuring that it remains sterile the entire time.
The purified fat will then be deposited in the predetermined area of your breast in a 4-step process. Under local anaesthetic, fat cells will be injected superficially into the tissues rich in blood supply through multiple small inconspicuous incisions. A rich supply of blood is crucial for fat survival as the extracted fat cells will not have a blood supply of their own. The injection needle is inserted and withdrawn from the area multiple times. Each time Dr Turner withdraws the cannula, a layer of fat is deposited in the natural planes of your tissue. After the desired breast size and shape are achieved, then the incisions are sealed and the site of the fat graft is dressed.
- Post-Op recovery
After the surgery, you may develop discomfort and soreness at both sites of the liposuction and your breasts, which will gradually fade away over a few days.
You may require an overnight admission in the hospital to monitor your condition after the procedure; the doctor will prescribe your prescriptions to reduce post-operative distress and soreness.
Recovery after fat transfer breast augmentation
You must rest and heal in a calm and relaxing environment for proper recovery. Physical movements should be minimal and demanding activities should be abstained. Recovery is usually quick. But, you may have to wear a compressive bra for about two weeks. It helps reduce swelling and accelerate wound healing.
Sleeping or sitting with your upper body raised by about 30 degrees helps reduce swelling and facilitates early wound healing during the first week after surgery. After about a day or two post surgery, day-to-day and less demanding activities can be done. Post-operative swelling subsides gradually over about a week, after which you can continue working comfortably. Avoid strenuous exercises and swimming for about six weeks post-operatively.
If your pain has subsided, you can resume driving after two weeks of the surgery. Breast massages should be avoided for an initial few weeks following the surgery as it may dislodge the transferred fat cells in the breasts.
It is requested; to avoid smoking during the recovery phase (at least three weeks) as it is associated with delayed wound healing and may destroy the fat cells. It would be best to avoid smoking completely as it impairs the implanted fat cells eliciting various inflammatory reactions. Usually, complete recovery and final results of the procedure will be noticeable after about twelve weeks.
Risks and Complications of Breast Fat Transfer Surgery
What are the potential risks of breast augmentation through fat transfer?
Breast augmentation through fat transfer is a much safer surgery than that requiring implant placement. But it has its potential risks and complications. It is crucial to understand that no surgery is risk-free; knowing the potential risks before undergoing the procedure will help you take the appropriate steps to avoid them.
Any surgical procedure carries some risk of infection, severe bruising, or adverse reaction in response to anaesthetics. In breast augmentation surgery through transferring fat, there is the possibility of complications related to liposuction. Possible risks include :
- Fat necrosis
- Excessive bleeding
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Unsatisfactory results and need for implant placement.
The procedure is not ideal for you if you are looking for large changes in your breast size.
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Prices and Fees for Fat Grafting to Breasts
How much does breast augmentation by fat transfer surgery cost?
Breast augmentation by fat transfer is a highly customised plastic surgical procedure; the amount of fat to be transferred depends upon your requirements; hence the cost is different for different women. The fees of the anaesthetist and the hospital are included in the final payment.
You can get an estimate as to how much you should expect to spend on the procedure by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Scott Turner
Fat Transfer to Breast FAQs – Questions about Breast Fat Grafting
What are the benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation over traditional methods of breast augmentation using breast implants?
Breast augmentation using fat transfer helps you get a more subtle and natural look to your breast. There is no need to use foreign material to increase breast size as fat from your body is used. It has a shorter recovery period and is associated with minimal scarring when compared to breast implant surgeries.
How much can you increase breast size with fat transfer?
The breast size is increased by 1 cup size after fat grafting. The size achieved depends upon the amount of fat available and the size of the implant used. The breast size also increases on gaining weight following the surgery. Usually, two cup sizes can be achieved, if excess fat is available.
Do breasts with transferred fat feel natural to touch?
The outcome of fat transfer to the breast creates a fuller shape rather than an implant. The fat transfer procedure has a more natural look and will feel very natural to touch.
Does insurance cover fat graft for breast reconstruction?
Medical insurance terms and agreements typically do not cover aesthetic procedures. But it largely varies upon your health care provider. However, if the procedure is a medical necessity performed to repair scars or following cancer of the breast, your insurance company may cover it.
Where and how is the fat obtained?
The fat to be transferred to your breast comes from fat deposits in your own body. It is usually extracted from your tummy, hips, thighs, or buttocks as usually, these sites have adequate fat stores. Fat cells are taken from these sites by the process of liposuction.
Can you move fat from your stomach to your breast?
Yes, it is possible to move fat from the stomach to your breast. Liposuction is performed in which the patient’s fat is harvested from the stomach and transferred to the breast after filtering impurities.
Does the fat transfer last?
Fat transfer results can last for years, but the results vary from person to person. Significant weight fluctuations can alter the result, as fat cells respond normally by increasing and decreasing their size in weight fluctuations. This can potentially compromise your aesthetic outcome, a second or subsequent fat transfer procedure may be needed to preserve your original cosmetic goals.
How can I make the fat grafting more successful?
You should preferably not gain weight before fat transfer.
- Strictly follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions during recovery.
- Avoid any stress on newly transferred fat cells during your recovery period.
- Eat Well - Follow a healthy lifestyle and eat a healthy diet - avoid dieting or vigorous exercise.
- Maintain a stable weight.
How long does fat transfer last in breasts?
Fat transfer is breast augmentation surgery that delivers natural and excellent results. The fat transfer results vary from person to person and surgeons’ level of expertise. Usually, 50-60% of the fat survives and remains permanent giving long-lasting effects to the breast.
How do you keep the grafted fat after fat transfer?
The steps to keep grafted fat after fat transfer are:
- Fat transfer is performed in an outpatient procedure. Under mild anaesthesia, liposuction is performed in the selected body part to extract fat. A small incision is made, and a cannula rod is inserted to remove fat from the body.
- The fat cells are then processed to remove unwanted blood and debris that may cause possible infection.
- Now, your surgeon will make a tiny incision in a circular round pattern around the breast and inject the fat equally into the breast tissue.
- The incision is closed once the fat is filled.
Are fat injections permanent?
Breast augmentation through fat injections will not ensure the same result in long term. With time, the body absorbs some fat and aesthetic changes are seen. Weight fluctuations will also shrink or increase the fat cells, hampering the constant outcome of fat injection. Due to these reasons, additional fat injection procedures may be required.
Does fat transfer cause lumps?
A lump or dent may appear following the fat transfer, due to necrosis of the fat. The cause of the lump is greatly dependent on the surgery technique. In the hand of an experienced surgeon, the probability of formation of a breast lump is relatively less. While fat transfer, it should be grafted in uniform straight lines properly spacing in two to three lines.
What happens if you lose weight after fat transfer?
The transferred fat does not differ from the regular fat of the body. As per the weight fluctuations, the fat cells will shrink or expand. So, if you will lose weight, your breast size may decrease as fat cells also shrink.
Is sports bra useful after fat transfer breast augmentation?
The use of a sports bra following fat transfer breast augmentation provides some support to the recently operated breast and promotes wound healing. You should wear these supportive garments for about two to six weeks following surgery for the best results.
Your Fat Grafting Consultation with Dr Scott Turner
There are numerous things to consider when deciding to undergo the procedure. Dr Turner will discuss various alternatives to fat transfer breast enlargement during the consultation. He will examine your breasts and prospective sites for fat removal to confirm if you have enough fat for the results you desire to be obtained from the fat transfer technique.
During the consultation at our clinic at Newcastle & Sydney, Dr Scott Turner will discuss the steps associated with the surgery, recovery, and risks associated with it. Questions that you might have about the surgery itself will be answered by Dr Turner himself, which will help you set rational expectations regarding the procedure.
Why Choose Dr. Scott Turner?
Dr. Scott Turner is a highly skilled and accomplished plastic and cosmetic surgeon with multiple years of training. He puts his patient’s safety and wellbeing as his priority and approaches every case with up-to-date knowledge and highly innovative techniques.
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