Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer Bellevue
Enhancing the size and shape of the breast can be achieved with fat transfer. This involved the transfer of fat from one place to the breast. Fat transfer is also useful for isolated deformities for example after lumpectomy of the breast to fill in defects. It can also be used to correct asymmetries. The method first involves liposuction to harvest the fat then processing the fat, followed by injection of the fat into the breast. This technique is less predictable than implants in terms of how much fat will survive and attain symmetry. However fat transfer is a good option in those patients who strictly do not want implants and want to use their own tissue for enhancement.
In general, when fat is harvested by liposuction about half the volume can use for fat transfer. From that about 50% or more will survive or stay. There is also a limit to how much fat can be put into the breast before the skin gets too tight and all the fat will be lost with no results.
Candidates for Fat Transfer to the Breast
Candidates for fat transfer are usually those that want a mild to moderate size enhancement. They generally do not want breast implants and want to use their own tissue. An ideal candidate has enough donor site fat to harvest for transfer. If there is not enough fat to take there will not be enough to get a desired result. Sometimes multiple treatments are needed to attain the desired size goal. Fat transfer candidates must understand that they may need a second or third procedure if the desired result is not attained initially.
Fat Donor Sites
Fat can be taken by liposuction from the tummy, hips, love handles, thighs, back and arms. The tummy and inner thighs are generally good donor sites and have good fat for transfer. Liposuction is performed and the fat is processed. There are many different ways to process the fat which include,; spinning the fat by centrifuge, gravity separation techniques and filtration techniques using nonadherent materials. Once processed it is ready for injection and transfer.
Cost Fat Transfer to Breast
Cost of the procedure is based on 1. Anesthesia Fees 2. Facility Fees and 3. Surgeon Fees.
Range is from $6000 to $7000 USD for all combined charges. Prices may vary based on length of time and complexity of the case. Pricing includes all follow up appointments and care. There are no hidden fees
Postoperative Recovery after Breast Fat Transfer
This is a same day procedure and the patient will go home that day after the procedure. After the procedure there may be some discomfort. Some swelling and bruising is normal. Overall recovery is not very extensive. A compression garment is placed over the areas of liposuction which should continue for 6 weeks. There should absolutely no pressure or bra on the breast during the healing process. A bra may be worn after 3 weeks. Patients usually return to work after 1 week and may start light exercise after 4 weeks. Full recovery without restriction is around 6 weeks. Showering may occur after 48 hrs. If there are any questions during the postoperative course we encourage patients to call immediately. Follow ups are close initially and will be spaced out farther with time.
Breast Fat Transfer Complications:
- Fat loss
- Fat necrosis
- Contour Irregularity
- Fat embolism
With any surgical procedure complications can occur, but are generally low. We encourage that you ask about complications during your visit with Dr. Parikh. Dr. Parikh will ensure that your safety is first and discuss any concern in great detail that is tailored to your specific medical history.