Fat transfer, also called grafting, is the process of harvesting your fat from an area(s) you would like to remove some fat, then processing this fat and transferring it to an area that needs it.
Fat grafting is not new, it has been around for over 30 years but previously had limited success. However, over the past decade our knowledge of fat cells and how to best treat them has expanded incredibly, making the modern procedure both safe and highly successful.
The whole process is performed comfortably under local anaesthesia and sedation.
Firstly, the fat is harvested from the selected donor site(s), such as stomach, thighs, hips or back-rolls, using a very gentle liposuction to ensure preservation of the fat cells.
Secondly, the harvested fat is processed and purified to ensure we are using only the best fat cells.
Then, the purified fat is implanted into the breasts using highly refined techniques to ensure that the transferred fat cells have the best chance of developing a new blood and nerve supply and achieving a very high survival rate.
There are several significant advantages.
Using your own tissue to enlarge your breasts means there is no risk whatsoever of adverse reactions, which is possible for example, with breast implants or synthetic fillers.
The fat cells will continue to grow naturally and indefinitely giving you a long term or permanent result.
There can be no concerns of rupture or leakage as can happen with breast implants, requiring periodic reviews and replacements.
Fat transfer can be used not only to enhance size but also the shape in a way that implants cannot achieve. Fat can be placed exactly where it is needed to shape the breast to the shape you desire, for example to create a better cleavage.
Breasts will consist of your own natural tissue and so will feel and drape normally, making your breasts appear naturally larger. Nobody will be able to tell that you had them enlarged.
The donor site can be lipo-sculpted. It is an opportunity to select a site that you desire to reduce (and we all have one of those!) and achieve a desired improvement in body shape.
There are only a couple, the first being the availability of fat stores. If you are very lean and have limited fat available to harvest then there may not be enough fat available for the procedure.
The other is the amount of enlargement desired. You can expect a 1-1.5 cup size enlargement from a single procedure, if the desire is for a much greater enlargement, then a second procedure a few months later can be carried out. Otherwise, a large prosthesis (implant) should be considered.
In the majority of instances, the answer is yes.
Breasts sag and lose volume following childbirth and weight loss as well as with age. Fat transfer can enlarge as well as shape them, however, not all are good candidates for this procedure. Nipple position can determine suitability.
If the nipple has dropped no further than the level of the fold under the breast then you are a good candidate for fat transfer breast augmentation alone as this will both lift and reconfigure your breasts.
If the nipple has descended below the level of this fold, then you are likely to require a surgical breast lift procedure together with the fat transfer.
There will be some bruising and swelling at the donor site and the breasts.
Post-op pain is moderate for the first couple of days and readily controlled with pain tablets.
You will be required to wear a compression garment to the liposuction site
You will be required to wear a gentle support sports bra, for breast support without compression.
Oral supplements, and an estrogen cream onto the breasts to stimulates fat cell regeneration and breast growth.
Return to normal activities such as shopping and driving in 2-3 days
Return to work in 1-2 weeks depending on how strenuous it is.
Avoid strenuous exercises for 4-6 weeks.
Most concerns have more than one course of treatment. Feel free to contact us so one of our team can discuss options for your unique concern.