Fat Transfer: Another Option for Breast Augmentation
Fat is not always the enemy; in fact, fat in the right places can be a good thing. For example, women who wish to have larger breasts but do not want breast implants can have fat moved out of certain areas of the body and placed into the breasts to achieve natural breast augmentation. This is called fat transfer breast augmentation.
Dr. David Allison performs this procedure to reshape the body.
Reasons for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
- Frustrations with stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise
- Desire for larger breasts
- Concern over the idea of silicone or saline implants
- Breast asymmetry
Fat is extremely durable, which makes it possible to relocate fat to different parts of the body.
What to Expect with Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Fat is harvested from unwanted areas such as the abdomen, hips and thighs using liposuction techniques. The fat is then processed to remove the excess fluid and damaged fat cells. The remaining healthy fat cells are injected in small droplets under the skin and deeper in the tissues to add volume and projection in the breasts.
The injected fat lasts forever, in contrast to breast implants which have a limited lifespan. Most patients can expect an increase in one cup size with this procedure. The procedure can be repeated for those patients that prefer to have a larger increase in their breast size.
Men can also benefit from fat transfer. This procedure can restore contour to the upper chest that has become saggy or droopy with age due to loss of fat and muscle.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Recovery
Recovery from fat transfer varies from person to person depending on how many areas liposuction is performed upon and your own unique healing abilities. You should expect to recover within 1-2 weeks and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. Swelling and bruising of the breasts is normal as you heal. You may be instructed to wear one or more compression garments for a short time to minimize swelling. Dr. Allison may place drainage tubes under the skin to drain any excess fluids from the treated areas.
Full results may take several months to achieve. It is important to live a healthy lifestyle to maintain the liposuction results.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Risks
Because this procedure involves both liposuction and breast augmentation, there are risks associated with both body contouring methods:
- Blood clot
- Dissatisfaction with breast size
- Nerve damage
- Anesthesia risks
These risks can be minimized by trusting your body contouring to an experienced and well-trained surgeon like Dr. David Allison.
To learn more about fat transfer breast augmentation in Gainesville and to find out if you might be a good candidate for this breast implant alternative, contact us to schedule a free Cosmetic Consultation today.