The breasts are often a source of cosmetic concern for women, particularly if they are not the size or shape a woman wants. While breast augmentation using implants is a standard method of enlarging and adding fullness to the breasts, it isn’t the only option. Introducing fat transfer to the breasts, the process of taking excess, unwanted fat from one region of the body and injecting it into the breasts to achieve the desired size and shape. Dr. Barrett and the staff at Barrett Plastic Surgery have extensive experience in the latest fat transfer techniques, to perform comprehensive treatment for women that have a variety of contouring goals they would like to achieve.
Dr. Barrett says, “Fat transfer to the breast has recently become a very popular option for women who wish to avoid an implant and its associated risks and maintenance. Fat transfer to the breasts is two operations in one. The first step is getting the fat from somewhere using liposuction in a manner that compliments the body well. The next step is carefully grafting the fat drop by drop to sculpt and enlarge the breasts in a natural looking manner. More fat is grafted at the time of surgery because there is some degree of fat resorption that occurs after surgery. Grafting the fat quickly after it is harvested is key to fat survivability.”
Dr. Barrett is a fully licensed plastic surgeon located in the heart Beverly Hills. He is a native of Virginia and completed his training at the University of Southern California, Keck Hospital. Dr. Barrett spent significant portions of his training learning from the best of the best in Beverly Hills.
Dr. Barrett specializes in breast surgery, naturally looking breast augmentation either with implants or fat transfer. The focus of his concierge practice is on you, delivering the look and feel you desire. One size does not fit all at Barrett Plastic Surgery.
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A breast augmentation using fat transfer is an option for women wanting to enlarge the size of the breasts without the need for implants. The technique is commonly used during reconstruction of the breasts after a mastectomy or lumpectomy since it can often produce superior results to reconstruction using implants or flap procedures alone. It is also an effective correction option for breasts that are misshapen or underdeveloped due to genetic problems such as tuberous breast or Poland Syndrome. It is especially useful at improving upper pole fullness.
Dr. Barrett is skilled in performing this procedure for patients desiring fuller breasts and have natural fat cells in other areas that can be used for the transfer process. The following scenarios are also reason to consider fat grafting to the breast:
To qualify for this procedure, you will need to be in good health and have sufficient fat in another area that can be used to augment the breasts. A single fat transfer procedure can usually increase breasts by approximately one-half cup size. Women that want to go larger may need an additional fat transfer treatment or a combination of implants and fat transfer to produce the desired result. Dr. Barrett will take ample time to assess you and your goals to determine whether breast augmentation using fat transfer is the right choice for you.
There are different reasons why patients might choose the fat transfer process for their breast augmentation over implants:
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Some of the most common questions.
Breast augmentation can be performed with either breast implants or fat transfer taken from another part of the body. Implants tend to provide more robust and defined augmentation and the procedure is generally less expensive. Fat transfer takes more time, can be more expensive, can have less robust and predictable results, but is a more natural way of augmentation. You must have fat somewhere else to be used for the fat transfer.
The three main options for incision for breast implant surgery are periareolar (on the lower border of the nipple), inframammary (the lower breast crease), or transaxillary (through the arm-pit).
The most common complications of breast augmentation include but are not limited to capsular contracture (internal scar tissue formation around the implant), Reoperation (Implants do not last forever and may need to be replaced), ruptured implant, seroma/hematoma (either fluid or blood collection inside the breast), wound dehiscence, infections of the wound or implant, asymmetry, pain, loss of nipple sensation, altered nipple sensation, skin necrosis, rippling, poor scarring, sagging or malposition.
The majority of breast augmentation patients need one week of downtime. Depending on the work environment (heavy lifting, etc) more time off may be necessary. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after surgery to avoid blood clots in the legs.
Have your current weight and chest measurements including current bra size. Put together a collection of photos of breast shapes and size that you desire. In addition, find a picture where the breasts are too big, find a photo where the breasts are too small.
This depends on the type of implant or whether you plan to have fat transfer. Fat transfer is a longer operation and involves liposuction that costs more. Saline implants are less expensive than silicone implants.