Can Fat Grafting Lift Breasts?

A fat grafting breast lift procedure can offer a patient not only a slimmer-looking physique but a beautiful, lifted look to their bustline.  Here’s the 4-1-1 on the latest way to lift breasts without implants AND get the body of your dreams all in one dual-toning procedure.

A breast lift, or mastectomy, is a surgical, breast-enhancing procedure that seeks to give a woman’s breasts a more youthful, perkier appearance by lifting the nipple higher up on the breast, as well as lifting and tightening sagging breast tissue. Historically, this has been a common procedure for women following pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding, aging, or extreme weight loss. The breasts naturally tend to take on a more “deflated” and “droopy” look over time, especially in the upper portions of the breasts. The inevitable combination of time, gravity, and weight fluctuations contribute to the laxity of breast skin and underlying tissue, causing nipple position to sag, resulting in an unsightly elongated shape, rather than the preferred perkier and rounded silhouette.

What is a Fat Grafting Breast Lift?

It’s important to note a breast lift procedure can be performed in conjunction with fat grafting or as a standalone procedure. Fat grafting involves the liposuction of unwanted fat from either the tummy, thighs, hips, back, or bra line areas, purification in a centrifuge, then transfer to the breast region. Here, it is sculpted to provide not only a slight boost in cup size and volume but a more youthful, lifted, rounded shape.  A fat grafting breast lift is a wonderful, more viable alternative to breast implants if women are looking to retain a more natural-looking appearance plus remove unwanted pockets of fat from their trouble zones.  A total win-win!

Fat grafting after DIEP flap reconstruction is a new, groundbreaking breast reconstruction technique for those women who’ve undergone a mastectomy or radiation following breast cancer and who don’t wish to reconstruct their breasts using implants.  Alternatively, a DIEP flap involves transferring skin and fat from the lower abdomen to the breast region where it is micro-surgically reconnected to blood vessels and tissues to create a soft, supple, natural-looking breast reconstruction. DIEP flap in conjunction with fat grafting further improves contour irregularities, as well as boosts breast size. Together, these two highly specialized breast reconstruction techniques offer patients a natural-looking, feminine look without the need for implants, while the integrity of the abdominal wall where fat was harvested is uncompromised. Vascularity is increased and damages caused by radiation and/or scarring are reversed. A fat grafting breast reconstruction procedure is a truly remarkable alternative to traditional breast reconstruction surgery.

Fat Transfer to Breast:  Pros and Cons

As with any cosmetic procedure, fat grafting breast lifts come with both pros and cons that need to be weighed and discerned before proceeding.

Pros include:

  • Dual toning offers a slimmer body plus a boosted, lift bustline
  • Results are lifelong
  • Minimally invasive
  • Fewer complications
  • Natural, fuller breasts without implants
  • Less risk of allergic reaction

Cons include:

  • Subtle breast size increase (if patient is seeking a more dramatic increase in cup size, implants will be their best option)
  • Not everyone is an ideal candidate, as you need to have enough fat to harvest from other areas of the body
  • Multiple procedures may be required to achieve desired results
  • Smokers, obese individuals, and those whose weight fluctuates rapidly are not recommended for this type of breast enhancement surgery

How Long Does Fat Grafting to Breasts Last?

Patients can expect the results of their fat transfer to breasts to last a lifetime with an impressive 50-90% rate of fat grafting survival. On the other hand, breast implants often need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years! Not only is fat grafting to breasts the natural choice, but it’s also a cost-effective one.

Fat Grafting Recovery Time:  What to Expect During the Downtime

While it may take up to 6 months to see the full and final results of your fat grafting procedure, results are permanent. However, it will take approximately 4-6 weeks of downtime before your body is fully recovered and ready to get back into the swing of things. Expect pain, bruising, swelling, tenderness, and redness at incision sites for up to 7 days. You will be fitted with compression garments to decrease swelling and help sculpt your new contours. Most patients can expect to resume regular activities, including work and school, after a week or so, while more rigorous routines may take longer to resume. Working closely with a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure a safe and speedy recovery is always recommended.

Fat Grafting Breast Lift Procedures in Beverly Hills

Barrett Beverly Hills surgeons are leaders in innovative fat grafting procedures with advanced, state-of-the-art equipment and signature techniques to help women realize their aesthetic aspirations.  A fuller, perkier pair and a tighter, toned body is a dual body-contouring procedure that simply cannot be beaten.  We invite you to contact our office today to set up a consultation to see if a fat grafting breast lift is right for you.

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Mar, 23, 2023