Possible candidates for fat transfer breast enhancement.
This method can be ideal for women who have:
- Very small or moderate developed breasts
- Empty breast following pregnancy or multiple pregnancies
Any of the above can make women feel cosmetically and socially at a disadvantage as it can affect their femininity and their quality of life. The above groups are ideal candidates for this procedure.
Women that require this procedure usually are those who do not want any Silicone introduced into their bodies as they feel this is unnatural and may have a fear of the long term implications. Also an additional advantage to consider is that there will be no significant scarring.
You must remember to have a realistic expectation as there are limitations of just how much the breast size can be increased with this method compared to trusted method of Silicone implants.
The procedure process
Fat is injected into the breasts using special instruments developed for fat grafting. We are able to transfer body fat to the breasts to create a completely natural augmentation that has every indication of being permanent. Fat grafting to the breast consists of two procedures performed on the same day: first harvesting the fat from a suitable body area and then placement of the fat into the breasts. To begin, a substantial amount of fat is removed with a Coleman harvesting cannula connected to a small syringe. The harvested fat is then injected through four tiny 1/8 inch incisions using blunt Coleman infiltration cannulas.
Fat transfer to the breasts has some advantages over implants, in that the fat is a completely natural substance coming from your own body so eliminating the risk of rejection. Also the advantage with this method is that incisions are minimal.
How long to the results last?
The result of this type of surgery technique depends on the absorption of the fat injected which cannot be guaranteed as every patient is different. The body will absorb fat at differing rates from person to person. Normally approximately 30% to 40 % of the fat will be absorbed the first four months; therefore we overfill with more fat to achieve the ultimately desired results. There is no guarantee of the absorption rate.
Complications to be highlighted can be:
- Anesthesia-related complications
Complications with Anesthetics are rare and usually a patient with have a known allergy to certain drugs which they have experienced in the past. If this is the case an alternative can be discussed with your surgeon at your consultation.
There were some suspicions raised about the possible risk for the injected fat transferred to spread cancer. However, there is no scientific proof for these suspicions. Nor will the fat transfer injections inhibit or obstruct mammogram or ultrasound breast screening.
Possible fat cysts or small calcifications can occur. Corrective surgery for a fat cyst, asymmetry or a small calcification can be done easily.
We recommend a mammogram/ultrasound before surgery and one year after surgery to see the final effect of the injection on breast. Thereafter normal breast screening and health checks are recommended.
Unsuitable candidates for breast enlargement with fat
Women with breast cancer in their family are not recommend for this type of surgery. Women with expectations for larger breasts as well as women who do not have areas with suitable fat stores would also not be ideal.
To get optimal results and avoid complications
Avoid stress, stay out of the sun, eat healthily, keep your weight within a normal BMI range, exercise regularly, and refrain from alcohol for 2 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Please refrain from smoking for at least 1 week before surgery and a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery as smoking can interfere with the final result.
Downtime following surgery
Heavy physical exercise and strenuous body movement or lifting must not be undertaken for a minimum of 2 weeks following the surgery.
You can still move and do normal everyday things the day after surgery.
The final results will emerge between 3 to 6 months following surgery. There is very rarely disappointment in the patient’s perception of the success of the surgery