Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic surgical procedures in the world. The goal of breast augmentation surgery is to increase the size and enhance the appearance of the breasts so that they seem fuller, perkier and more voluptuous, helping patients to achieve greater confidence in their appearance. The use of artificial implants for breast augmentation surgery is well known, but there is also an alternative that is gaining increasing popularity amongst patients – fat transfer breast augmentation.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is the name given to a breast augmentation procedure that uses the patient’s own body fat, rather than implants, to increase the size of the breast area. The process can usually be completed in a couple of hours, but patients will need to have a general anesthesia to keep them asleep and comfortable for the duration.
Fat grafting is the key technique used in fat transfer breast augmentation. This straightforward procedure has three distinct stages.
The first element of the process involves removing the fat that will be used for the augmentation process. This is done using liposuction. Most people have the fat removed from their abdomen, hips, thighs or buttocks since these tend to be the areas that retain excess fat. Liposuction takes place through several small incisions into the area targeted for fat removal. A small cannula is inserted into the incision. This delivers saline solution to the area which helps to break up the fat cells. The cannula is then attached to a small vacuum which is used to suck the fat cells out of the body, where they are deposited into a container.
Once the fat has been removed from the body by liposuction, it must be purified. This is done using a centrifuge which spins the fat very quickly so that the fat separates from the blood and fluid. This fat is then kept ready for re-insertion, and the other substances discarded.
The purified fat can now be re-inserted back into the body, into the breast area in order to increase its size. This is done via injection, and small amounts are added at a time, building up the amount of fat being placed into each breast. Your surgeon will have the skill and experience needed to be able to form breasts that are fuller, balanced and attractive.
There are a number of reasons why an increasing number of patients are now considering fat transfer for breast augmentation over conventional implants. These include:
The ability to improve two areas of the body at once since the process involves liposuction to obtain the fat that will be used. This means that you could enjoy a reduction in fat somewhere else such as the hips or buttocks, whilst also boosting the size of your breasts.
Fat contains stem cells. These are known as adipose stem cells and these are very beneficial for the body since they can take the form of any other cell type in order to facilitate healing. This speeds up the recovery process as well as prompting the rejuvenation of skin covering the breast tissue.
Your body will not reject your newly formed breasts because they are made from your own cells.
Many patients feel that their new breasts look and feel more natural than those that are created using implants.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery and would like more information about the fat transfer technique, our experienced and discreet team of professionals would be delighted to help. Please contact our office to schedule your consultation.