BREAST FAT TRANSFER VS BREAST IMPLANTS
Depending on the patient’s particular goals, there are different forms of breast enhancement procedures. For women who are looking to enlarge their breasts significantly, breast augmentation with the use of implants may be more beneficial. Because breast fat transfer uses one’s own fat to add volume, the results are not quite as dramatic as that of breast augmentation with implants. With that being said, neither of these breast enhancing procedures are ‘better’ than the other; it simply depends on the goals and expectations of the patient. Those who want a significant increase tend to go with breast implants, and those who want to avoid surgery and are satisfied with a slight increase in size gravitate towards breast fat transfer. Dr. Abramson can review the patient’s options during the initial consultation.
Breast fat transfer has been able to provide our patients with extremely satisfying results and long-term benefits.
- Noticeable increase in size and improved shape of breasts
- Natural breast augmentation
- Women feel more confident
- Improvement in the way clothes fit
- This procedure is the safest form of surgical breast enhancement
- On average, patients retain about 80% of the fat that has been injected
- Removal of fat from one location on the body provides added body contouring
- No incisions needed on the breasts; fat is instead injected through a syringe
Who Is A Candidate?
Women who are looking to undergo breast fat transfer should be in good overall health, meaning non-smoker and at a stable, healthy body weight. Candidates should desire a one to two cup size increase. Women who are are pregnant or still planning on pregnancy in the future should refrain from undergoing this procedure until through having children; pregnancy can reverse the fat transfer results.
This initial consultation is when candidacy is determined. We kindly ask that patients who are coming in for a breast fat transfer consultation to come prepared with their medical history, pre-existing health conditions, and any medications currently being taking. The doctor will listen to the patient’s concerns and perform an examination. This will conclude the best locations to perform liposuction to harvest the fat. He will work with you to construct a treatment plan that is specifically tailored to you and your goals. This may even include injecting fat into another location if the patient desires. Cost will be discussed at this time as well.
During the weeks leading up to a breast fat transfer procedure, Dr. Abramson will advise patients to quit smoking 3 weeks prior to the surgery. Patients will also be notified of the medications they will need to avoid, including anti-inflammatory drugs, 2 weeks before the fat transfer. A ride will need to be arranged for the patient after the surgery, as they will not be able to drive themselves home. If any of our patients have questions during this time, we encourage them to contact our office.
The Fat Transfer Process
On the day of the procedure, Dr. Abramson will begin by marking the donor site on the body where the fat will be extracted in order to ensure accuracy. This area will have already been determined on the day of the consultation. Next, he will mark the areas of the breast where he will inject the fat. Once these areas have been marked, the procedure can begin. Our certified anesthesiologist will administer the general anesthetic to guarantee no discomfort experienced throughout the fat transfer surgery. Once the patient is asleep, the doctor will then make the necessary incisions on the donor site, insert a thin cannula, and then proceed to remove the fat with a special liposuction technique.
Once the fat has been removed, Dr. Abramson will clean the fat cells by placing them through a purification process. The fat will then be placed into a special fat transfer syringe and ready for injection. The doctor uses his years of experience and knowledge to inject the fat in varying amounts at different depths throughout the breasts in order to obtain the optimal size and shape. Once the doctor is satisfied with the overall look of the breasts, he will wrap the donor area in a compression garment. Once this is done, the patient will be taken to the recovery room.
Recovery And Results
After the surgery is complete, patients are taken to the recovery area and are monitored by our nurses until released to go home; normally only a couple of hours. Before leaving the office, patients will be given recovery instructions that will help them to maintain their desired results. To alleviate any pain or discomfort during the recovery stage, a prescription for pain medication will be provided.
When home, patients are advised to walk in order to help improve circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots from forming. The compression garments that were placed on the treated areas after surgery must remain on during this time; they will help to prevent excesses swelling and bruising. Patients can return to their daily activities 4-6 days after the procedure, however, more strenuous activities should be avoided for about 2-3 weeks.
After fully healed, patients will see very positive results in their new figures. The natural enhancements will provide more volume and often improve the patient’s overall self-image. Dr. Abramson encourages any woman who is unsatisfied with their breasts to come in and discuss the available options. Your cosmetic dreams are only a phone call away.
COST OF BREAST FAT TRANSFER
Women come in all shapes and sizes, meaning they have all different needs and desires for their body. This procedure benefits the majority of women who are interested in enhancing their breasts through fat transfer because it is completely individualized and therefore tailored to the patient’s specific concerns. This means, however, that there is no “one size fits all” quote. When coming in for a consultation, Dr. Abramson will provide an individualized quote that covers your specific needs.