Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
An approach to breast enlargement, a fat transfer breast augmentation is a cosmetic method. This process will use liposuction to collect fat cells from other areas of the body, like the stomach, hips, thighs, back, or arms. When this is done, the donor areas will appear leaner, while the breasts will be firm and larger. During the procedure, the fat cells that have been taken out of the donor sites are purified and then inserted into the breasts, where they will stay permanently. Fat transfer breast augmentation carries fewer risks than using breast implants to enlarge the breasts because it is a natural way of achieving the desired augmentation, with long-term results.
What is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?
Fat transfer breast augmentation is the process of increasing the breast size using own body fat obtained from the abdomen, hips, or thighs. The fat is then purified and injected into the breasts. Regarding the cannula size, several surgeons use different caliber cannulas for fat injection.
Many patients entirely refuse breast augmentation using implants due to their non-acceptance of having artificial materials in the body. In recent years, autologous fat grafting breast augmentation (or breast augmentation using fat transfer) showed excellent outcomes in cosmetic enhancement of the breast's size, shape, and texture. Fat is a filler with ideal properties: it naturally integrates into tissues, is autologous, and is 100% biocompatible. Autologous fat grafting combines liposuction and breast augmentation, so it has become increasingly popular.
Fat grafting to the breast could potentially interfere with breast cancer detection; however, no proof has been found that strongly supports such an interference. Early studies noted that graft re-absorption was the main drawback of fat grafting, with 50%–90% graft loss. To ensure maximum augmentation, many surgeons practice repeated transfers.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is typically performed by a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon and involves the following steps:
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, in a sleep-like state, to comfort you throughout the procedure.
Different methods of fat extraction have been put forward. The primary approaches include vacuum aspiration, syringe aspiration, and surgery.
The body contains many different fat storage locations, and physicians determine the most suitable place after a thorough patient inspection. The stomach is usually the chosen area for fat retrieval; the other options are commonly the saddlebags, as well as the inner sides of the thighs and knees.
The most frequently used techniques to obtain fat grafts are sedimentation, filtering, washing, and centrifugation. This fat processing is necessary due to the fact that the fat extracted by suctioning also has collagen fibers, blood, and waste present. All of these components can lead to inflammation at the recipient site and damage the fat graft. It is essential to remove the blood since it can speed up the decay of the transplanted fat. Additionally, the introduction of debris can give an incorrect impression of the volume of the correction since the debris will be eliminated after a few hours.
The skin is cut in a way that is the same width as the cannula, and the fat graft is placed in the appropriate anatomical region. Small-diameter cannulas lessen trauma to the area where the fat is being moved to, which in turn, minimizes the likelihood of any bleeding or hematoma formation. It is usually better to inject fat in multiple small amounts rather than all at once. Various authors choose different cannulas based on the region where the fat is being injected, with the size of the cannula being determined by the site.
Recovery from fat transfer breast augmentation is typically less invasive and less uncomfortable than breast augmentation with breast implants.
However, the recovery process still involves some discomfort, swelling, and bruising, as well as restrictions on physical activity for several days to several weeks following the procedure. Most patients can return to work and other non-strenuous activities within a few days to a week after the procedure.
Fat transfer breast augmentation results last for a lifetime. Sometimes, it may take up to six months to see the actual outcomes. During this time, the fat cells settle into new places, where they remain forever. Because some cells die after the injection; therefore, providers inject more fat cells than needed during the transfer.
Types of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Which Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation is Right for You?
Most patients achieve a remarkable, long-lasting, and natural breast size and shape improvements with autologous fat grafting. However, there are different methods of fat transfer. The right method depends on your individual needs, the extent of the surgery, available fat, and the area being treated.
Autologous, nano fat grafting, and micro fat grafting are three different techniques used in autologous fat transfer. During these surgical procedures, fat is removed from one body part and transplanted into another. The main difference between these techniques is the size of the transferred fat cells.
In addition to the liposuction method, other variables, such as cannula size and suction pressure employed during liposuction, could also impact the effective transfer of fat from the donor to the recipient site.
Following is a brief overview of different fat transfer techniques to help you decide which fat transfer method is right for you:
Autologous fat transfer
Autologous fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat transplantation, is a surgical procedure in which fat is taken from one part of the body and transplanted to another part. This technique can be used for both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes.
Cosmetic autologous fat transfer breast augmentation is often used to enhance the appearance of the breasts.
Reconstructive autologous fat transfer breast augmentation may be used to restore volume to an area affected by injury, disease, or congenital defects. It can include reconstruction after mastectomy, injury, or burn.
The procedure involves removing fat from the donor site using liposuction and processing it to purify and concentrate it. The processed fat is then injected into the breasts, which integrates into the surrounding tissue.
In micro fat grafting, the fat cells are processed to make them smaller but still relatively large compared to the size of the surrounding tissue. It allows for more precise placement of the fat, which can result in a more natural appearance. The larger size of the fat cells also means that a greater volume of fat can be transplanted in one session, making it suitable for larger areas such as the cheeks or buttocks.
In nano fat transfer, the fat cells are processed to make them smaller than in micro fat transfer, allowing for a more gradual and natural-looking augmentation. The fat is typically taken from areas such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs and transplanted to the breasts through a series of small injections.
The main advantage of nano fat transfer breast augmentation is that it provides a more natural result, as the transferred fat cells are the patient's own. It is also a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia.