Breast augmentation with Fat Transfer is an operation that is commonly used to modestly increase the size and augment the shape of breasts. Many of our patients undergo breast augmentation with fat transfer in an effort to enhance their body contour, correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy, or balance different-sized breasts.
Many of our patients note an increased sense of self conﬁdence and improvement of their appearance after breast augmentation with fat transfer. Expectations for breast surgery should be healthy and realistic. There are certain limitations with fat transfer to breasts especially when it comes to large volume enhancements. Discuss the various factors with Dr. Sreekar Harinatha.
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Breast Augmentation- with Fat FAQS
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF FAT VS IMPLANTS FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
The advantage of fat over implants for breast augmentation is the fat comes from YOUR body and is not a foreign material. Implants may rarely be removed or replaced at some point and most of the transferred fat is permanent.
WHAT IS THE DISADVANTAGE OF FAT TRANSFER FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Fat “take” or incorporation within the breasts, can be inconsistent, especially with large fat transfer. For that reason, I only recommend breast augmentation with fat transfer for patients desiring modest breast augmentation. Also, inconsistent fat take can result in asymmetrical breasts, necessitating revision.
HOW LONG DOES FAT LAST WHEN TRANSFERRED TO THE BREASTS?
Once incorporated into the breast tissue, early studies indicate that it should be permanent, but long-term studies to prove this are still being performed.
WILL I NEED A REVISION SURGERY AFTER FAT AUGMENTATION?
Because a certain amount of fat gets absorbed, one may need a revision procedure after the initial fat graft. The rate and amount of fat absorption are unpredictable. So when the volume reduces to an extent where you are unhappy with the size, you may need to do it again to compensate for the fat absorption.
HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT TO BE SWOLLEN AFTER UNDERGOING BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH FAT TRANSFER?
The majority of swelling will decrease over the ﬁrst 4-6 weeks, but complete resolution takes approximately 3-6 months.
WHEN WILL MY RECOVERY BE COMPLETE?
It usually takes approximately 6 months for the breast tissue and skin to stretch and accommodate the fat and allow the fat to take, become incorporated, and settle in. The breasts look good right after surgery but improve over time, and by the end of 6 months, most of my patients tell me that they truly feel like theirs.
WHAT KIND OF SCARS CAN I EXPECT AFTER HAVING A BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH FAT TRANSFER?
The scars are small, 2-3 mm, and the approaches described above result in scars that are placed in locations that are hidden and well camouﬂaged. However, each person heals differently and scarring varies from individual to individual. My staff and I counsel all our patients regarding scar care after surgery.