Fat grafting, also called fat transfer, can be used to enhance the size of the breasts either in a standalone augmentation or alongside implants.
What is Fat Grafting?
When performed alone, fat grafting breast augmentation is a minimally invasive procedure. It’s an ideal option for patients who only want a modest increase in breast size — one cup or less — and uses fat from the patient’s own body as the volumizing “filler”.
Who is a Candidate?
- Those who want to enhance their breast size one cup or less
- Those who want to fine-tune the results of their breast implants
- Have enough body fat to use for the breasts
- Have fully developed breasts
- Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are non-smokers in overall good health
- Have realistic expectations for the procedure
How Fat Grafting Breast Augmentation Works
In the right patients, fat can make an ideal filler. It looks and feels natural, and there’s no risk of an allergic reaction or the body rejecting it. Using liposuction, the procedure removes healthy fat from one area of the body where fat can be spared (typically the stomach or thighs), purifies it, and inserts it into the breasts for natural, youthful volume.
Fat Grafting for Enhancing Breast Implants
Fat grafting is also used to fine-tune the results of breast implants. Some patients prefer to combine both, as they want a significantly larger breast size with the soft refinement of fat transfer. Injected fat can surround breast implants with a cushioned layer which hides the edges of the implant for a smoother look.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Fat transfer breast augmentation is performed with the patient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. A tiny incision will be made near the harvest site, and a small, thin tube called a cannula will enter this incision and be used to perform liposuction. Fat is typically taken from the stomach, flanks, hips, or thighs. The cannula will break up the fat and remove it from the body and into a container. The fat will be purified and then re-injected into the body: the breasts. The procedure takes one to two hours.
- Do not shower for 48 hours following the procedure
- You’ll wear a surgical bra for one week, then soft bras are fine
- Most patients return to work in one week
- Bruising and swelling should be mostly subsided at two weeks
- Exercise can typically be resumed in six weeks
- Full healing is reached at about two months
Some results will be visible shortly after the procedure; however, you won’t see the full benefits of the procedure until five or six months. Because some fat may not survive (gets absorbed by the body), you may require another session to reach your desired goals.
During your consultation, Dr. Beck will examine you and explain how many sessions may need.
Why Choose Beck Aesthetic Surgery?
When you choose Dr. Joel Beck, you’re choosing a highly skilled, extensively experienced plastic surgeon with the eye of an artist. He brings professionalism, warmth, integrity, and passion to every procedure he performs. Board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the CSPS, ACS, and ASPS, Dr. Beck has over two decades in practice and stays on the cutting edge of the most recent developments in the surgical arts and advances in non-surgical treatments. He has a well-earned reputation for excellence in aesthetic plastic surgery and is the perfect choice for those seeking a down-to-earth, trustworthy practitioner.