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Frequently Asked Questions About Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

If you’re considering undergoing a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure, you may be looking for additional volume in your breasts, while still maintaining a natural look and avoiding implants. Here are a few frequently asked questions about this fat grafting procedure:

How is the fat collected for the procedure?

The fat is collected using liposuction, usually of the abdomen, flanks, back, and/or thighs. It is purified before it is transferred back into the breasts.

Is there a risk of the transferred fat being reabsorbed by the body?

Some degree of reabsorption of the transferred fat is to be expected, but the fat that survives this initial period will stay with you long-term.

How long is the recovery time for the procedure?

You can stick to your normal daily routine after a few days of rest. If you work in an office, you should be able to return to work soon after. Within four weeks of your procedure, you typically may resume your normal exercise routine.

How long do the results of the procedure last?

The results of a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure are considered permanent, although there are a couple of considerations.

As mentioned earlier, some amount of initial fat reabsorption is to be expected. This is why your breasts will be at their largest immediately after your surgery, and can be expected to shrink a little bit over time. This shrinkage normally takes about three to four months, and your breasts should settle into their permanent shape and size around this time.

Another consideration is realizing that the normal aging process will continue as normal following your procedure.

Can fat transfer be used to correct asymmetry in the breasts?

As long as your breast asymmetry is not severe, fat transfer alone may be enough to correct it. Otherwise, your surgeon may recommend that you combine a fat transfer with breast implants or another breast procedure such as a lift.

Are there any limitations to the size of the breast enhancement that can be achieved with fat transfer?

Fat transfer breast augmentation is typically used when only a subtle increase in breast size is desired, typically on the order of a cup size, though sometimes more augmentation up to two cup sizes is successfully achieved.

Your surgeon will let you know what size increase is possible for you during your consultation.

Can the procedure be combined with other breast augmentation techniques?

Yes. Fat transfer is often used in conjunction with breast implant procedures to enhance results, especially for creating more upper breast fullness or enhancing cleavage more than is possible with implants alone.

Are there any risks or complications associated with the procedure?

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are certain potential risks and complications involved with a fat transfer breast augmentation. These include the desire for greater breast size or further changes in breast shape, potential contour irregularities at the site of liposuction, bruising and swelling, and small risks of infection or fluid collections.

There is also a risk of developing lumps or cysts following a fat transfer breast augmentation. This occurs when transferred fat cells die, and very infrequently requires further procedures.

How will my body react to the procedure?

This type of fat grafting is considered to be a low risk surgical procedure. However, you may experience some minor soreness, swelling, and bruising that should fade within the first week or two after your surgery.


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