Fat Transfer AKA Fat Grafting
This procedure is also known as fat grafting and has been around for a while. However, it has recently been gaining attention for breast augmentation. The procedure is, as its name suggests, the transfer of fat from one part of the body to the breasts. The aim of the procedure is to give the breasts more volume while still looking natural. Many women opt to get the procedure done to improve their body shape and simultaneously enhance their breasts. Fat transfer can be performed either as a form of cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.
Frequently asked questions about fat transfer
Here is a list of common questions people have about the procedure.
1. What will the procedure be like?
The procedure will be done under anaesthesia. Here is a rundown of how it will go:
A. A mammogram will be conducted.
B. The patient selects the area they would like the fat taken from.
C. The fat is then removed, through liposuction, and combined with plasma, through a centrifuge, that is rich in platelets before being transferred back into the patient at varying depths.
D. The second step is done bit by bit so as to allow the surgeon to be in control of the size and sculpting of the breasts into the desired shape.
2. Am I suitable to undergo the procedure?
This depends on your expectations and health. If you are healthy and looking to get your breasts more filled out to look natural, this is the procedure for you. However, if you are looking to get a lot more volume than possible, you should look into other procedures.
3. Is there any preparation to be done?
You will be instructed to cease taking any form of medication at least two weeks prior to the procedure. This is to prevent any hindrance to your ability to clot blood. If you smoke, you would be advised to quit, due to possible health complications.
4. Are there any risks involved?
The risks involved in this procedure are not unique to it. The risks include lumpiness, irregularity in the breasts’ shape as well as the over absorption of injected cells. Other rare yet possible complications include calcium formation and fat necrosis.
5. What happens to the area that fat was taken from?
Most people think that the area becomes a saggy bag of skin but on the contrary, it typically tightens up. This can be determined by the method used to conduct the procedure. A benefit of the augmentation is that it can serve as a form of contouring to the area from which fat is being taken. Typical areas that are targeted include the hips, thighs and stomach.
6. Do I require a certain amount of body fat to undergo this procedure?
The answer is no. You can be slender and still get the procedure done as it only requires an area that has excess fat. If you do not have enough body fat, you cannot use a donor, unless the donor is your identical twin.
7. Is there a difference between the different methods of fat transfer?
Yes, there is. A variety of fat reducing or eliminating methods exist but each of them serves a different or specific function. Meaning, the procedure chosen depends on the desired outcome. Some procedures are used as a form of correction, like the rippling of prior implants.
8. Will there still be fat in the areas I removed it from and if so, how much?
As of now, there is no scientific evidence of how much fat survives the augmentation. However, it can be solidly said that the breast volume can be increased by one or two cup sizes. Additional surgeries may be required based on the level of fat reabsorption and if the outcome of the first surgery matches the desired outcome. The additional surgery is often referred to as overcorrection and it is performed to correct partial reabsorption that happens over time. There are many things that can be done during the procedure to decrease the possibility of fat survival. Examples include harvesting fat using low suction and injecting the fat into more than one plane in the breasts to prevent one big pocket from forming. The latter increases the lifetime of the results.
9. What are the expected outcomes?
There is no one set outcome; they vary between individuals as there are differences in the anticipated outcome, the amount of excess fat available and the original breast size. The breasts may seem firm in the immediate days following the procedure but will begin to soften and feel natural as the healing takes place. The swelling and any other side effects improve with time and massage.
10. What are the recovery and aftercare like?
This is a low-risk procedure, that means the typical after effect is slight bruising, soreness and swelling. These will go away in the first or second week following the surgery. There is no need to abstain from your daily routine as only a few days of initial rest are required, you will be able to conduct office based work after. You may return to your normal exercise regime between five and six weeks after the procedure is done.