Fat Transfer for Breast Augmentation - Risks You Should Know

Posted June 28, 2022
Risks for fat transfer for breast augmentation

Once the breasts develop, you might not be happy with the size, appearance, and contour of the breasts. Anyone that is not happy with the look of their breasts can undergo breast augmentation and one of the most popular methods of increasing the size of the breasts is a fat transfer procedure. Instead of having breast implants placed in the body, fat grafting involves removing fat from one area of the body, through the use of liposuction, and then injecting it into the breasts to provide the desired size and shape to the breasts. Even though fat transfer is an overall safe procedure, there are some risks you need to know before you have fat transfer to augment the breasts.

Before you learn about the risks of the procedure, take a look as Cosmetic Town TV takes you behind the scenes of an actual breast augmentation procedure performed using fat transfer:

Fat Transfer for Breast Augmentation – What are the Main Risks?

Some of the main risks of fat transfer for breast augmentation include:

  • The chance of an infection after fat transfer for breast augmentation is quite low since the injections that are performed to place the fat are quite small. In addition, the fat that is transferred to the breasts comes from your own body so that works to reduce any chance of an infection or rejection of the transferred fat by the body. Having said that, all surgical procedures carry a risk of an infection occurring after the procedure. If you are concerned about an infection happening after fat grafting is performed, consult with the doctor who will be performing the fat transfer procedure.
  • Fat necrosis is another way to describe the death of fat cells. In general, this is considered to be one of the bigger risks of fat transfer for breast augmentation (as well as other fat transfer procedures). Fat necrosis occurs when the transferred fat does not receive enough oxygenated blood when the transfer process is performed. The lack of oxygenated blood causes the fat cells to die, and these dead fat cells can result in the formation of lumps or bubbles in the breast tissue. In addition, the lumps can be painful and there can also be redness and bruising around the lumps. Some of the other conditions that can appear include the formation of scar tissue, skin discoloration, changes to the shape of the breasts and pain in the tissue surrounding the area where the fat was placed in the breasts.
  • There are times when the lumps that occur after fat necrosis will sometimes resolve on their own. There will also be some lumps that cause pain, and they will need to be removed by a surgeon by numbing the area and using an ultrasound to find the lumps that need to be removed. The surgeon will use a needle to dissolve the lumps and remove them from the body.

Everyone has some amount of fat because it is a natural substance that is found in the human body. Since the fat comes from your own body, the fat that is transferred to the breasts will be treated by the body just like the other fat that is found in your body. That means your body will be able to reabsorb the fat that is placed in the breasts during a fat transfer procedure.

However, not all of the fat will be able to survive the fat transfer process which can make it difficult to the obtain the exact results that you desire. The initial results can be larger and fuller until the body finishes absorbing some of the transferred fat. Once the absorbed fat has left the treated area, the actual increase in size will be visible. In order to compensate for the amount of fat that is reabsorbed by the body, you can have an additional fat transfer procedure but there will still be a risk for fat necrosis, infection, and fat reabsorption.

Fat Transfer for Breast Augmentation – Are There Additional Risks?

Fat Transfer for Breast augmentationIn addition to the main risks discussed earlier in this article, some of the other risks of the procedure include an adverse reaction to anesthesia, numbness, headaches, and blurry vision.

You will need to have a consultation appointment with your surgeon to make sure you understand the benefits and risks of the process in order to make an informed decision about undergoing a fat transfer procedure. It is also your chance to ask any questions you have on your mind and address any concerns you might have about the treatment.

Despite the risks discussed above, fat transfer for breast augmentation remains popular as it provides results that are natural in appearance. Plus, the breasts maintain a natural feeling once the healing process is completed. You will be able to enjoy an increased size and improved aesthetic appearance to the breasts as well as a slimmer look to the part of the body where liposuction was performed.

- MA


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