Breast augmentation with fat transfer uses your own fat cells to increase your breast size and give you a natural look.
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Breast augmentation is done to increase or change the size of your breasts. The fat transfer or fat grafting procedure involves extracting fat from other parts of your body and injecting it in your breasts to improve their contours. Fat is usually taken from parts of your body where it max excess, such as your tummy or thighs.
Here's what a breast augmentation with fat transfer procedure entails in steps:
1. Fat extraction
In your consultation, together with your surgeon, you will choose a part of your body for fat removal. This is commonly your abdominal, buttocks, back or thighs.
You will be placed under local anaesthesia and the surgeon will make a small incision in the selected area and then place the liposuction cannula. The cannula is used to delicately draw out the amount of fat needed.
The fat will be purified in a centrifuge and then placed in small syringes that will be used for making the actual transfer.
2. Fat transfer
You will be placed under general or local anaesthesia.
Your surgeon will then make an incision on your breast, and inject the extracted fat in the areas to be augmented.
The injection is carried out several times, to achieve the desired enhancement and look.
3. Closure As the final step, your surgeon will close the incisions with stitches, medical-grade skin adhesive or surgical tape, depending on the incision sites. Your breasts will be then covered with bandages. If your surgeon used dissolvable stitches, your body will break them down within the next 6 to 8 weeks. If your surgeon used sutures that are not absorbable, they will be typically taken out after 7 days.
It is important to go into the surgery with realistic expectations, and fully understand the risks and side effects. This is vital to a successful surgery and recovery. During your consultation, make sure to ask your surgeon about all aspects of the procedure, so you can be confident in your decision and prepared for recovery.
Please be aware that though you might notice a difference immediately following the surgery, it takes anywhere from 6 - 12 months for the final results to appear.
It may take more than one session to achieve your desired look, and over time fat cells may disperse, which can change the look of your breasts. Additional factors such as breastfeeding and weight fluctuations will also influence the appearance of your breasts.
Lastly, your surgeon will ask you to wear a compression garment on the area where fat was extracted from and may prescribe painkillers to ease your recovery for the next few days.
Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer is offered in 4 countries