Do Fat Transfer Breast Augmentations Last?
While breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure year after year, many patients are becoming interested in methods of increasing the size of their breasts that don’t involve implants. One alternative to breast implants is fat transfer, also known as fat grafting. There are some common questions about fat transfer breast augmentation, including how long the results last. Although I will gladly answer any of your questions during a free consultation, here are some things you should know based on the ones that I am most frequently asked.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is a procedure designed to increase the size of the breasts without using breast implants. Instead, volume is created by transferring your own fat to your breasts from somewhere on your body that you don’t want it.
To complete this type of breast augmentation, fat is sourced from your own body, usually the abdomen or inner thighs, it can also be harvested from the back, arms or hips using liposuction. Liposuction is completed by inserting a cannula through a small incision (less than 1 cm), which then separates the fat cells from he surrounding tissues before suctioning them away where they are collected in a sterile canister. This fat is then prepared and injected into the breasts to create increased volume and fullness and an enhanced shape. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia.
Some patients choose fat transfer breast augmentation over a traditional procedure using implants because they’re more comfortable avoiding having artificial materials placed in their body; while implants are generally considered safe, some patients prefer a more natural alternative. Fat transfer breast augmentation patients also prefer the more natural look and feel that this procedure can offer because it simply increases the size of the breast without significantly changing he shape. It is also a good option for those who are interested in sculpting the body and creating a balanced figure through liposuction. Fat transfer breast augmentation may not be right for patients looking for a more dramatic result from their procedure as it will only increase the size of the breasts by ½ to 1 cup size. I will discuss your goal results with you during a consultation and help you decide between implants and a fat transfer breast augmentation, or a combination of the two.
After fat transfer breast augmentation, about 20-30% of the transferred fat cells typically die and are absorbed by the body, meaning that your final results are not visible until several weeks or months after the procedure. Once the remaining fat cells have developed a blood supply within the breasts, they are permanent.
However, fat cells grow and shrink depending on whether you gain or lose weight. So, you may see an increase or decrease of your breast size over time in correlation with weight loss or gain. By maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and exercise, you can also maintain your fat transfer breast augmentation results.
To find out if fat transfer breast augmentation is right for you, schedule a free consultation so we can discuss what options will work best for you. You can set up your free consultation appointment by calling (416) 907-4704 or contacting us online through this form.