FAT TRANSFER TO BREAST
Fat transfer to breast surgery uses liposuction to harvest excess fat from other parts of the body; the fat is then injected into the breasts. This procedure is appropriate for women who are not looking for a dramatic increase in breast size, and want breasts that look and feel as natural as possible.
For a number of weeks prior to this procedure, tissue expanders may be placed below the muscles of the chest wall to expand the breasts, and increase the amount of fat they can hold. When the tissue has expanded enough, augmentation using fat transfer can begin. First, fat is removed using liposuction, in which a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted through small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is suctioned out using a vacuum or a cannula-attached syringe. The harvested fat cells are then purified. In the second procedure, which takes place on the same day, the fat is injected into the breast through small incisions. The procedure takes approximately 4 to 5 hours.
Benefits of Fat Transfer to Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation using autologous fat transfer has a number of benefits over breast augmentation with implants, including the following:
- No risk of implant rejection
- Ability to shape and sculpt the breasts
- Minimal number of incisions
- Reduced scarring
- No risk of capsular contracture
In general, a breast augmented from a patient's own tissue is more similar in shape, contour and feel to a natural breast than one reconstructed using an implant.
Risks of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Aside from the risks associated with any surgery, those related to fat-transfer breast augmentation include the following:
- Fat embolism
- Fat necrosis
- Oil cysts
- Loss of volume