In the past, breast implants were one of the most popular methods of breast augmentation thanks to their ability to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. They are still used by many patients but thanks to advances in fat transfer, many patients are now turning to fat grafting (with or without breast implants) to get their desired subtle and long-lasting breast augmentation results. Go behind the scenes of fat transfer for breast augmentation with Cosmetic Town TV and then read this informative article for an in-depth look at the procedure.
The process of fat transfer for breast augmentation actually involves two procedures being performed on the same day. The first part of the process is liposuction performed by the surgeon in order to remove stubborn, excess fat from areas of the body such as the stomach, thighs and abdomen. The fat that is removed from the body is then processed and purified by the surgeon.
The second part of the fat transfer for breast augmentation process is the injection of the fat into the targeted areas of the breasts in order to provide the desired enhancement.
While all of the fat that is transferred into the breast area of the body will not survive the process, the results provided by the surviving fat is considered to be permanent.
In general, the idea behind fat transfer is to use fat from the body of the patient to enhance the breasts through a thickening of the soft tissue envelope that allows volume to be added to the breasts. It is also an ideal treatment option for patients who want to gain a more aesthetic appearance to the breasts if they are not symmetrical in appearance or they want a rounder look to the breasts.
In addition to just having a breast augmentation using fat transfer procedure, patients can also have the procedure performed at the same time as breast implants are placed in the breast area. The breast implants provide ever greater shape and fullness to the breasts while fat transfer evens out any irregularities in volume in order to provide for a smoother and more symmetrical look.
Fat transfer can also be used by thin patients with breast implants who are experiencing visibility of the breast implants or rippling or wrinkling of the implants.
No matter the type of breast augmentation using fat transfer procedure performed by the surgeon (with or without implants), the surgery should be designed according to the specific needs of the person.
There are times when some patients who want to have fat grafting for breast augmentation are not ideal candidates for the procedure. For example, someone who does not have enough excess fat on their body that can be removed via liposuction is not a good candidate for the surgery.
In addition, candidates who do not have realistic expectations for the type of results they want to achieve (such as breasts that are so big that they do not look natural) are also not ideal candidates.
The recovery process for fat transfer on its own takes about one to two weeks. Some swelling and bruising of the breasts should be expected and patients should avoid strenuous activities during the healing process.
If breast implants are placed at the same time, the breast implants will be higher up on the breasts at the start of the recovery process. They will come down a bit and settle into place after a short period of time.
The first thing to know is the final results vary per patient. However, most patients can expect to see a subtle result if they just have fat transfer by itself. A greater amount of breast augmentation shape and contour will be enjoyed if fat transfer is performed along with the placement of breast implants.
The first step in deciding whether or not to have breast augmentation using fat transfer is to do proper research and find a doctor who is experienced in performing the surgery. Once a patient finds the doctor they want to use for the breast enhancement surgery, they should schedule a consultation appointment with the surgeon.
The doctor will examine the body of the patient to make sure the person is healthy enough to have the procedure and that there is enough excess fat located on the body to have the surgery. The doctor will also determine the reasons the patient wants to have breast augmentation using fat transfer or fat transfer and breast implants.
It is also important for the surgeon to set realistic expectations to make sure the final results maintain a natural appearance and that the person will not be disappointed by the look and size of the final results. Once the doctor and the patient are in agreement about the type of results that can be achieved, a fat transfer for breast augmentation procedure can be scheduled and performed.