Fat Transfer Breast Lift
A breast fat transfer procedure is an increasingly popular way to enlarge your breasts by using your own natural body fat (autologous fat). This procedure includes the removal of unwelcome fat cells from key areas of your body using liposuction. This fat is then strategically injected back into your breasts to make them bigger and more shapely. The advantages are that you receive bigger breasts and reduced body size from where the fat was removed.
Other names that refer to the procedure are fat transfer breast augmentation, natural breast augmentation, autologous fat grafting breast injections and fat transplant breast lift, to name a few.
Fat transfer breast enlargement is ideal for those who would like a modest breast size increase (i.e., up to one cup) without undergoing breast implant surgery. Those who would like to increase their breasts by more than a single cup may be able to do so by having more than one procedure if they are a suitable candidate.
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- Breast-size increase that looks and feels natural
- Increased size without the need for implants
- Improves the breast shape
- Balances slightly uneven breasts
- Minimal scarring occurs with a fat transfer breast lift
- Reshapes and contours the cleavage
- Slimmer areas of the body where fat was removed
- Reduces the visibility of an existing rippling breast implant
- Using natural stem cells helps speed up the healing
- Rejuvenates breast tissue and skin for those having breast reconstruction surgery
How Breast Enlargement Fat Transfer Works
Stage 1. Harvesting the Fat for Transfer
Three days before the fat concentrate transplant, the breasts are injected with PRP (plasma-rich platelets). This helps prepare the area for the transplanted fat and will encourage the area to have more circulation.
Before the liposuction procedure begins, local anaesthesia is applied to the areas where the surgeon removes excess fat.
The surgeon creates small incisions in the fat harvesting areas and injects tumescent fluid into the subcutaneous fat. This helps break up the fat, making removal via suction easier. This fluid consists of epinephrine and lidocaine. Epinephrine shrinks the capillaries, reducing the likelihood that the patient will experience bleeding. Lidocaine is an anaesthetic that numbs the harvesting areas during fat collection. This anaesthetic effect lasts for some time following surgery.
Using a blunt-tipped cannula (i.e., thin tube) attached to a liposuction machine's collection compartment, the surgeon strategically removes fat and tumescent fluid, contouring the area during the process.
Care is taken during the fat removal process to ensure no damage is sustained to the fat cells so they remain viable for transfer.
The surgeon closes the incisions. In some cases, we keep the wound open to drain the fluids.
Stage 2: Preparing for Injection
After collection, our expert team separates the fat cells using a centrifuge (for the traditional fat transfer method) or state-of-the-art Adavive machine, which segregates the pure cells from the blood and tumescent fluid collected during harvesting. Following the separation process, but before being transferred into syringes for injection, the system is a closed technique that minimises the chance of contamination and infection. At the same time, it gets rid of all the unwanted cells and triglycerides. Once the purification process is complete, the team carefully transfers the cells into syringes.
Stage 3: Creating the Incisions on the Breast for Transfer
The surgeon makes small incisions in specific areas of the patient's breasts. Incision location depends on the changes the patient wants to target and the desired results (e.g., enhanced cleavage, shapelier breasts). The injection process begins once the surgeon creates the incisions and receives the syringes.
Stage 4: Transferring the Fat
Each syringe has a small hollow tube to inject the cells into the patient's breasts strategically. Familiarity with this injection process is the key to attaining optimal results. An inexperienced surgeon may unintentionally damage cells during injection.
Key Note: An experienced surgeon knows that within the first three months of surgery, the body reabsorbs the fat that could not establish a blood supply. For this reason, Chelsea Cosmetics' surgeons frequently harvest and transfer more fat to the breasts than is necessary. Despite the resorption process, this practice helps the patient attain the desired results.
Stage 5: Completion and Support
Directly following an autologous fat transplant, the incisions are closed, and the patient is provided with a post-surgical bra and compression garment.
The surgical bra supports the transferred fat cells as they begin building a new blood supply. The patient wears the post-surgical bra day and night for a week or two after surgery. Once it's no longer required, the patient begins wearing a sports bra. This bra provides some support while allowing the breast area to receive adequate blood flow, which is vital to healing.
The compression garment supports the fat harvesting areas, allowing them to adjust to their new contours during healing. Patients may need to wear this compression garment for up to six weeks.
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Recovery from breast lift and fat transfer
After Surgery: Expect to feel mildly sore for several days after surgery. Some patients experience dull pain in their breasts or the harvesting areas. You will be prescribed pain medication or directed to over-the-counter pain medication to reduce the discomfort.
The One-week Follow-up Visit: During this follow-up appointment, the surgeon examines the patient's breasts, ensuring they heal as expected. At this point, the patient's breasts may seem larger than expected, but this is a temporary side effect due to inflammation.
Inflammation and Bruising: Bruising and inflammation in the breasts, as well as in the fat harvesting areas, are common. The bruises resulting from the liposuction procedure should diminish in about two weeks. However, the bruising on the breasts lasts a bit longer, subsiding about a month after surgery.
Returning to Exercise: Moderate activity Is acceptable the day after, but to optimise the amount of viable fat and allow the body to heal, for a few weeks after surgery, patients need to refrain from participating in strenuous activities (e.g., heavy lifting, playing sports). After six weeks, you can return to her normal activities (e.g., yoga). At this point, patients can usually see some of the contouring results in the harvesting areas.
Pressure and Movement: For at least 12 weeks after having fat transplant surgery to the breasts, patients need to refrain from manipulating their breast tissue or applying pressure to the region
Returning to Work: Most patients return to work within a week of surgery.
Six Months After: At the six-month mark, the breasts will feel relatively normal because the majority of the inflammation has now subsided.
Final Results: At 12 months, the breasts have settled, and the final breast size and shape will be evident.
Risks Associated with a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
For decades, fat transfer procedures have allowed surgeons to augment numerous areas of the body. Although the likelihood of a complication is low, patients still need to know the potential complications, such as:
- Reactions to anaesthetic or medications during surgery.
- The onset of an infection.
- Visible scarring.
- Open wounds.
- Contouring defects to the breasts or harvesting areas.
- Fat loss in the breasts due to reabsorption.
- Fat necrosis.
- Not injecting enough fat.
- Injecting too much fat.
- An asymmetrical result is due to variances in the amount of transferred fat that survives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find Out if Autologous Fat Transfer Is Right For You - Book A Consultation
You can have a FREE consultation at Chelsea Cosmetics to discover if the procedure is right for you. During a consultation, the surgeon reviews your medical history and asks what you want to achieve with a fat transfer breast enhancement.
We encourage all our patients to be candid about their wants, as this is the only way to achieve the best results.
You will be asked about medications and medical history and undergo a physical examination of the breast area and the areas that may be used to harvest fat. Measurements and photos will be taken, as this information will create a personalized treatment plan.
We use the information to create a 3D simulation showing the shape of the breasts afterwards and the volume of fat transferred to the breast to give the desired shape. A detailed consultation will answer all your questions and determine whether the procedure is right for you.
To learn more about this revolutionary breast fat transfer surgery, contact Chelsea Cosmetics at +61 3 8822 3472 or use the form below to book your FREE consultation.
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