The Fat Facts of Natural Breast Augmentation
Wanting bigger or more shapely breasts is a common desire by many, but some are uncomfortable with a traditional breast augmentation with implants. For so long, that was the only option – but there’s now a way to achieve bigger breasts without implants—and it’s natural. A natural breast augmentation, also known as a fat transfer to the breast is a two-fold process that takes excess, unwanted fat from one part of the body through liposuction and injects it into the breast to achieve an enhanced size and shape. The results can be more natural in look and feel than implants and it leaves no scarring on the breast. Plus, there’s also the sculpting benefits that come with liposuction.
How much fat do I really need for a Fat Transfer to breasts?
As with many aspects of plastic surgery, the correct answer here is that there is no correct answer. The exact amount of fat depends on your goals in fat grafting for breasts, as a larger size requires more fat, and on the amount of fat your surgeon is able to harvest. The more body fat you have, the more fat available to harvest.
When determining your ideal fat transfer breast augmentation results, having realistic expectations for your surgical outcome is very important to your overall satisfaction. Dr. Barrett has gathered an assortment of natural breast augmentation before and after images you may want to browse to get a fuller scope of not only the type of outcome you can expect, but also his work in breast augmentation and reconstruction. Additionally, Dr. Barrett has a carefully curated postoperative scar regimen to ensure the only reminder of your procedure are your sculpted results.
What if the fat transferred starts to disappear?
The fat transferred to your breasts is absolutely going to disappear—but that’s supposed to happen! As with all fat transfers, not all of your transferred fat cells will survive, but the ones that do are permanent. You can expect to lose anywhere from 20%-50% of the fat transferred, so your doctor will transfer more to compensate. This means that your final results, once your swelling has gone down, are your final results.
Can you use someone else’s fat for fat transfer?
Unfortunately, you can’t use a doner’s fat and use it for your fat transfer or natural breast augmentation. Your body, knowing it’s not your own, would reject the fat and can potentially cause a lot of long-term health problems.
Speaking of problems, while overwhelmingly an extremely safe procedure, there are minimal risks involved (as with any surgical procedure), mostly in the liposuction part of the procedure, but generally can include, like all procedures, infection and scarring, as well as loss of breast functionality (i.e. nipple sensitivity and loss of breast feeding ability). Any time you do surgery on the breast you can potentially affect the functionality, though it’s important to note there’s no evidence that shows any loss of breast feeding ability caused by a fat transfer breast augmentation.
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