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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Most women who want to enhance the size and shape of their bust immediately think of breast implants. But there is a more natural way to increase your breast size. Fat transfer breast augmentation involves two separate procedures — liposuction and fat injections — to take fat cells from a different part of your body and add it to your breasts. An experienced, board certified plastic surgeon in New York City and New Jersey like those at Rowe Plastic Surgery can take those fat cells from your abdomen, inner thighs or buttocks. It’s a safe and reliable procedure, and it doesn’t use breast implants. Call today to schedule a consultation to see if you’re a candidate for this natural form of breast augmentation.

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Page Updated on May 31, 2022 by Dr. Norman Rowe (Plastic Surgeon) of Rowe Plastic Surgery

What Is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

If you’re like many women, you acknowledge the impact your breasts have on your overall appeal. The size and shape of your breasts adds to your figure and to your self-confidence. If you’ve always wanted to have larger, fuller and shapelier breasts, but never liked the idea of breast implants, you may be a candidate for natural breast augmentation, also known as fat transfer breast augmentation or autologous breast augmentation.

An alternative to using breast implants, autologous breast augmentation may be an ideal solution if you want a more natural solution to breast implants. During the breast fat transfer procedure, your plastic surgeon harvests fat cells through liposuction from another part of your body, such as your abdomen, inner thighs or buttocks. Then that tissue, once purified, is injected into your breasts to make them larger.

At Rowe Plastic Surgery in New Jersey and New York, experienced, board certified cosmetic surgeons use state-of-the-art technology for the safest breast procedures. They offer customized breast procedures, which include fat transfer breast augmentation. At this modern plastic surgery facility, you can get larger breasts, naturally.

How Does Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Compare to Normal Breast Augmentation?

Conventional breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to increase the size and shape of your breasts through breast implants. The procedure is popular with women who aren’t afraid of putting a foreign object into their chests to enlarge their breasts. A summary of the differences between fat transfer breast augmentation and normal augmentation includes:

  • Fat transfer breast augmentation involves fat grafting to deliver fuller breasts.
  • Traditional breast augmentation uses saline-filled or silicone gel-filled implants to increase your breast size.
  • Fat transfer breast augmentation involves liposuction, a minimally invasive surgical procedure, when extracting fat cells from another part of your body.
  • Fat transfer breast augmentation involves a breast fat injection after that fat has been purified.
  • Traditional breast augmentation uses surgical incisions to place the implants, which create a larger breast size.
  • Breast augmentation with implants can change your breasts’ size significantly.
  • Fat transfer breast augmentation gives a small boost in size for a more natural effect.
  • The procedure to add breast fat to boobs may include removing fat from your abdomen or inner thighs, which is an added bonus to your figure.
  • Traditional breast augmentation offers more flexibility to get the results you want, including choosing the size, shape and composition (saline, silicone or gummy bear).
  • A fat transfer boob job leaves no scarring, especially compared to the breast implant scarring.

Your cosmetic doctor at one of the cosmetic breast surgery facilities in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons takes the time to listen to your desires and goals for larger breasts. You then discuss the different augmentation options available. If you have a question about the breast fat transfer vs. breast implants, the doctor explains every detail to prepare you for the procedure.

What Are the Pros and Cons of the Breast Fat Injection Procedure?

Before you undergo any cosmetic procedure, your surgeon advises you to evaluate the advantages and drawbacks so you make an informed decision. For the fat transfer breast augmentation procedure, the pros and cons involved include:

  • More natural-looking breasts that feel real because they are real
  • An easy, quick breast enhancement procedure
  • Impressive results, including enhanced breast shape, size and volume
  • Less invasive than adding breast implants
  • A virtually scarless breast enhancement procedure
  • None of the risks, side effects or dangers associated with breast implants
  • No foreign materials introduced into your body
  • Fat trimmed in the liposuctioned area
  • A quick recovery from the procedure
  • No need for general anesthesia
  • Gives you a psychological boost in self-esteem and self-confidence
  • A minimal increase in breast size, limited to about one cup size
  • A higher cost compared to traditional augmentation
  • Fat reabsorption into your body is a possibility
  • The procedure doesn’t lift your breasts

For most women, the advantages of fat transfer breast augmentation outweigh the drawbacks. The 100 percent natural procedure has minimal risks and works best if you only want a slight bust enhancement.

Does a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Work?

The process of a fat transfer to boobs does work. This breast enhancement procedure relies on a medical technique known as grafting. While fat grafting dates back to 1893, the technology has advanced significantly in recent decades to enhance its efficiency and safety. Fat transfer for breast augmentation is now popular because of that increased effectiveness. Other things to know about breast fat injection include:

  • This cosmetic procedure works perfectly if you only want a slight enhancement.
  • The procedure is straightforward and involves a fat transfer from another body area to your breasts.
  • After the procedure, your breasts retain between 50 and 60 percent of the transferred fat.
  • Breast enhancement through fat transfer is permanent, unlike breast implants.
  • The procedure leaves no scars on your breasts afterward.
  • Your enhanced breasts after the fat transfer look more natural than implant-enlarged breasts.
  • Breast fat transfer works without the silicone contained in breast implants, which some women are allergic to.

Since breast fat transfer isn’t as widely known as breast implants, it may be new to you. Find a compassionate breast surgeon like those at Rowe Plastic Surgery to answer your questions. They have extensive experience with both traditional and new breast augmentation procedures. During your initial consultation, you discuss the entire procedure until you understand its benefits and drawbacks.

How Does Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Work?

If you’re after a slight breast enhancement without the use of breast implants, fat transfer breast augmentation is a great choice. In general, the plastic surgical procedure involves a series of steps, including:

  • Consultation. The first step is to consult with your cosmetic surgeon. A top breast surgeon listens to your concerns and expectations. After taking a medical history, you discuss the different breast augmentation procedures to determine which is the best fit for you.
  • Examination. Your doctor examines your breasts to determine whether a fat transfer to the breasts can get the desired results.
  • Liposuction. If the procedure is right for you, you schedule the surgery. On that date, your surgeon uses a special device to remove fat cells from your abdomen, thighs or another part of your body. The procedure ensures no damage to the fat cells.
  • Fat cells preparation. The doctor places the fat graft in a processor to purify it and increase its stem cells concentration. Stem cells help the transferred fat become breast tissue.
  • Breast fat injection. Through an ultrathin incision, your surgeon injects the fat cells into your breasts.
  • Dressing. After the injections, your doctor dresses your breasts in a protective wrap.
  • Results. The fat graft turns into a living fat tissue with minimal side effects. As a result, you get fuller breasts, which enhance your overall appearance.

You can get a free virtual consultation to start the process. You still have to meet in person before the surgeon clears you for a fat transfer breast augmentation in Manhattan, Plainview or Water Mill, NY or in Red Bank or Montclair, NJ.

Is a Breast Fat Transfer Safe?

Safety is a major consideration in any cosmetic procedure. A fat transfer boob job is a safe, low-risk breast augmentation procedure. The procedure introduces nothing foreign into your body. Like all medical procedures, though, there are some minor risks involved, such as:

  • Death of fat cells, a condition called fat necrosis, which can cause painful lumps or changes in your breast’s appearance
  • Non-cancerous cysts
  • Infection at the injection site
  • Fat reabsorption
  • Microcalcification

The best breast augmentation doctors discuss these risks during your initial consultation. They know every procedure in detail because they have experience performing them. They provide peace of mind through detailed explanations. Since they know what to expect, they use their expertise to avoid the risks.

How Long Does Fat Transfer Last in Breasts?

The breast augmentation procedure is permanent. The fat cells become incorporated into your breast tissue. If you’re after long-term breast enhancement, a fat transfer boob job is the perfect solution. The cells continue to grow like the surrounding cells in your breast. Some points to remember about the lifespan of breast fat injection include:

  • Your breasts may shrink at first, as some fat cells get absorbed into your body.
  • Your enhanced breasts still suffer from the effects of body changes related to weight loss or gain.
  • Effects of gravity can cause breast sagging after your fat transfer breast procedure.
  • The results of the fat transfer procedure may change with age and childbirth.
  • A breast lift  combats sagging while maintaining the the results of your fat transfer breast augmentation.
  • Lifestyle habits such as smoking diminish the effects of your breast fat transfer.
  • Touch-up injections can help keep your improved breast shape and make up for reabsorption.

The beauty of a fat transfer to boobs is that the procedure is safe and permanent. You get naturally fuller breasts that instantly transform your appearance and boost your self-confidence. Your breast surgeon at Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York and New Jersey guides you before, during and after your procedure.

What Can I Expect from the Procedure?

Before you have an autologous breast augmentation, get all the information you can about it to prepare yourself and temper your expectations. Your consultation is a chance to ask questions, while the doctor confirms that you’re a candidate for the procedure. Some things to keep in mind about the procedure include:

  • During preparation. Stop taking blood-thinning medication and alcohol three weeks before your breast enhancement procedure. Tell your doctor about any other medications you’re taking.
  • Anesthesia. You don’t need general anesthesia during either the liposuction procedure or the fat transfer injections. You’re made comfortable with a local anesthetic combined with sedation.
  • An outpatient procedure. You don’t have to spend overnight in a hospital. But it’s a good idea to arrange for someone to drive you home after your natural breast augmentation.
  • Procedure duration. A fat transfer boob job takes one to two hours.
  • Liposuction. Your doctor chooses the best area to harvest fat cells. Through liposuction, the breast surgeon extracts fat cells before transferring them to a processor for purification.
  • Compression. The doctor covers the liposuctioned areas with a compression dressing to promote healing.
  • Injections. Your surgeon uses a micro-thin needle to inject the purified fat graft. Then he closes and seals the tiny incisions.

Your plastic surgeon works to deliver a breast size based on your goals. The amount of fat cells required also depends on your breast size goals. Remember that you can expect some fat to be reabsorbed.

What’s the Recovery After a Breast Fat Transfer Like?

Your recovery time varies, but it usually takes one to two weeks. A normal timeline of the recovery process includes:

  • Post-procedure. You may experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising around the liposuction and injection sites. Your doctor can prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications to ease the pain and discomfort for a few days.
  • Early recovery. Within 48 hours, the numbness, soreness or discomfort fade away.
  • Supportive bra. Your surgeon recommends a special bra to hold your breasts in position while they heal and form.
  • Exercises. During your recuperation, avoid intense exercises or strenuous activities, as the grafted cells continue to be integrated into your breast tissue.
  • Long-term recovery. Over the next few weeks, the liposuction site heals completely. Some areas on your breasts may still feel firm or tender, but the feeling disappears with time.
  • Breast fat injection results. The results of your procedure are evident six months after your injections.
    Additional injections. If you notice that your breasts shrink over time, it’s likely due to the amount of fat cells that are
  • being reabsorbed. Your surgeon may recommend another liposuction and fat cell injection session.

For the best results, follow your doctor’s post-recovery instructions carefully. At Rowe Plastic Surgery, your surgeon is available for virtual consultations after the procedure. Your doctor guides you toward a full recovery.

How Much Is a Fat Transfer to Breasts?

The cost of a breast fat transfer can vary, on your breast enhancement goals. The average cost of a breast fat transfer ranges from $3,000 to $11,000. Some factors that affect the total cost of the procedure include:

  • Your geographical location, as procedures in larger cities are more expensive
  • The surgeon, since more established surgeons charge more
  • Your fat transfer breast augmentation procedure, since you may require more fat to transfer, which takes more time and work
  • The anesthesiologist’s fee
  • Any pain medications
  • Follow-up charges
  • Other medical supplies, as required

Your insurance doesn’t cover the fat transfer to boobs unless it’s part of a breast reconstruction procedure after a mastectomy. Before the procedure, your surgeon explains the fees involved and the status of your insurance. Some cosmetic surgeons offer a payment plan.

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FAQs on Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

  • Can fat transfer lift breasts? Fat transfer enhances the size of your breasts, but it does not lift them. You need a breast lift for that specific result.
  • Can I pair this procedure with a lift? Pairing a fat transfer breast augmentation with a breast lift surgery has delivered excellent results. The combination offers the best alternative to traditional breast lift surgery or breast implants.
  • Can I pair this procedure with implants? Fat transfer breast augmentation works well after a breast implant procedure to smooth out dents or hide the edges of your implants. The procedure works perfectly after a lumpectomy too, filling any hollows on the upper or inner area of your breasts.
  • Can I get this procedure without liposuction? This procedure doesn’t work without the fat from liposuction. Liposuction is the safest and quickest procedure to harvest fat cells from another part of your body for breast augmentation.
  • Is there a limit on the breast size I can get? You can expect your breasts to increase a half cup to a full cup in size. Your breast size increase depends on your current breast shape and size, the amount of fat available on other parts of your body and the fat that’s retained after absorption.
  • Are there problems with breastfeeding after a fat transfer breast augmentation? No. Your experienced surgeon makes a slight incision in the inframammary fold for the fat injection. The incision and injection don’t affect your milk glands or nipples, so you can continue breastfeeding without any risks.
  • Is belly fat OK for use in breast fat transfer? Your surgeon can harvest a fat graft from your belly after examining your body. These fat cells integrate easily within the breast tissue and continue to grow and give your breasts a full, natural appearance.
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A fat transfer to boobs can have an incredible effect on your body’s appearance and on your self-confidence. The cosmetic procedure gives you fuller and nicer-looking breasts, which positively impact your figure. Go to best place for breast augmentation without the risk of breast implants. Contact Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York and New Jersey. The board certified plastic surgeons use state-of-the-art equipment to deliver the best results in breast procedures.

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