At our surgery center in Pittsburgh Fat transfer breast augmentation, also known as autologous fat transfer or natural breast augmentation, is a surgical procedure that involves taking fat from one area of the body (such as the abdomen or thighs) and transferring it to the breasts to increase their size and improve their shape. This is done through liposuction, which involves removing fat from the donor area using a small cannula. The fat is then cleaned and processed before a small needle is put into the breasts. This can be done under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient's preference and the extent of the procedure.
One of the main benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation is that it uses the patient's own fat, which means there is no risk of rejection or an allergic reaction. This also means that the results are more natural-looking and feeling than those of other types of breast augmentation, such as implants. The procedure involves small incisions and minimal scarring, as no large implants need to be inserted. And since there are no implants, using your own fat reduces the risk of implant infection, implant rupture, and capsular contracture.
Another benefit of fat transfer breast augmentation is that the procedure involves liposuction from another area of the body, providing simultaneous body contouring benefits.
If you are thinking about fat transfer breast augmentation, you should first make an appointment to talk to our board-certified plastic surgeons in our private office. During the consultation for a fat transfer breast augmentation Pittsburgh surgeons will look at your overall health, discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure, and examine your breasts and donor area to determine if you are a good candidate for fat-transfer breast augmentation. This may involve taking measurements and photographs to help guide the surgical plan.
On the day of the fat transfer breast augmentation Pittsburgh patients will be given either local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure and your personal preference. The surgeon will then make small incisions in the donor area and use a cannula to remove the fat. The fat is then cleaned and prepared before a small needle is used to put it into the breasts. Next, the surgeon will carefully sculpt and shape the breasts to create a natural-looking result. The entire procedure usually takes two to four hours, depending on the extent of the procedure and whether other procedures are being performed simultaneously (such as liposuction or a breast lift).
While the results of breast augmentation with fat transfer are long-lasting, they may not be immediately obvious. Some of the transferred fat may be reabsorbed by the body during the healing process leading to a slight decrease in size. Most patients require two or three transfers to achieve their natural-appearing final size. Once complete, however, the results require no maintenance and will remain for many years. Maintaining a stable weight and adopting a healthy lifestyle can help preserve the results.
After the procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the donor area and the breasts. You will receive pain medication to manage discomfort, and you may need to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling. Compression garments will minimize swelling and support the breasts while they recuperate. Over the next few weeks, donor area and breast pain, edema, and bruising should reduce. You will receive pain medication and may need to avoid some medications or supplements that increase the bleeding risk. Most Pittsburgh fat transfer breast augmentation patients can return to work and daily activities within a week, but strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks. After surgery, be sure to follow all post-procedure instructions, such as keeping the area clean and dry, not smoking or drinking, and attending all of your follow-up appointments.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is a permanent procedure. Once healed, the fat remains in the breast as long as patients maintain a healthy and steady weight. Fat transfer does not require changing implants or monitoring of implants.
A single-session fat transfer breast augmentation may cost less than traditional breast augmentation since patients do not have to pay for implants. However, multiple sessions may be needed to obtain your final result, leaving the cost many times higher than traditional breast augmentation. But since the fat transfer is permanent, no surgeries in the future will be required to replace your implants, which adds cost in the future. A typical fat transfer session can vary from $4500 to $6000, depending on the volume and areas to be liposuctioned. Your surgeon will customize a treatment plan for you.
The procedure usually takes two to four hours, depending on the extent of the procedure and whether other procedures are being performed simultaneously.
Patients who have minimal body fat may not be good candidates for a fat transfer breast augmentation. Some patients can have modest increases in size, maintaining a natural result even if they are thin. A careful discussion with one of our surgeons will help you decide.
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