Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

FAT TRANSFER BREAST AUGMENTATION

…. enlarge your breasts naturally using your own tissue!

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation involves the removal of fat by liposuction from other parts of your body and then injected into your breasts. It is a great alternative for women looking to enhance their breast size without implants and who would be content with a moderate increase in breast size by using their own tissue.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation, also known as Breast Fat Grafting or simply Fat Grafting, is fast becoming an increasingly requested form of cosmetic breast surgery to restore/increase breast volume and improve breast shape in a more ‘natural’ way!

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

The Advantages of Breast Augmentation
by Fat Grafting

  • Breast Fat Grafting uses your own tissue, so your breasts will have a more natural feel and shape than with a breast implant.
  • As Fat Grafting uses your own tissue, your body will accept the fat and not reject it.
  • Breast Fat Grafting has a twofold benefit: it increases breast size while slimming down other body areas with excess fat such as the abdomen, thighs, hips or buttocks.
  • The removed fat is transferred to the breasts by small injections so there are no large conspicuous scars that occur after breast implants.
  • Fat Grafting avoids the potential problems associated with breast implants.
  • There is minimal downtime compared to breast implant surgery.
  • Fat Grafting can even be used to enhance the breast appearance in those who already have implants.
  • Fat Grafting can also be used to improve cleavage, improve breast shape and correct breast shape deformities
  • Fat Grafting is also useful for reducing size differences whether naturally-occurring or after implants.

The Disadvantages of Breast Augmentation
by Fat Grafting

  • To be suitable for Fat Grafting, patients must have enough excess fat available for harvesting and transfer as not all the fat harvested will become available for transfer after it has been processed.
  • Lean women are not good candidates for Fat Grafting.
  • Current techniques of Fat Grafting should increase your breast size by about 1-1½ cups.  If you desire a larger increase by Fat Transfer, more than one Fat Transfer procedure would be required until you reach your desired breast size.

Who are suitable candidates for
Breast Fat Grafting?

  • Women with adequate fat stores for harvesting by liposuction.
  • Those who are content to have a moderate increase in breast size of 1-1½ cups.
  • Women seeking a natural and subtle increase of breast size without scars.
  • Those who do not wish to have breast implants or are unsuitable for them.
  • Those who have been left with a ‘deflated’ breast appearance after permanent removal of their implants.
  • Patients wishing to improve various breast appearances, be they naturally-occurring or following implants, such as:
    • Size differences.
    • Breast shape deformities or asymmetry.
    • Poor cleavage.
    • ‘Double Bubble’ deformities after breast implants.
    • Insufficient upper breast fullness after breast reduction or breast lift surgery.

How is it done?

Breast Fat Grafting is performed in a Licensed Hospital under General Anaesthesia. However, hospital stay is not required and you can go home shortly after your procedure. However, you cannot go home alone. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can also be with you for the first 24 hours after General Anaesthesia.

Breast Fat Grafting involves three steps:

1. Fat Harvesting

Fat is first extracted by Tumescent Liposuction under low pressure to avoid damaging the donor fat cells. Please note that we do not recommend Vaser Liposuction for harvesting of the fat as the ultrasonic energy can injure the fat cells and then decrease their chances of survival.

Donor sites can essentially be any areas of excess fat but commonly the abdomen, outer thighs, hips and flanks are used. Most importantly, the fat removal needs to be done very gently and under low suction pressure in order to avoid injuring the fat cells and decreasing their chances of survival after the transfer.

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2. Processing The Harvested Fat

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

The extracted fat is first treated to remove unwanted oils and fluids, and then put into multiple small syringes ready for injection. The fat so prepared is rich in stem cells which have a higher rate of survival than the mature fat cells and even have the ability to differentiate into fat cells in the future.

3. Fat Injection

Using small syringes, the fat is injected very systematically through the breast in a planned pattern of ‘lines’ in order to avoid depositing the cells in large clumps. This technique allows each ‘line’ of fat cells the best chances of survival by establishing a close connection to an adjacent blood supply to keep them alive. If fat cells are deposited in large clumps, it is more difficult for the adjacent blood supply to reach the deeper cells in the clump and keep them alive.

Realistically however, not all the transferred fat cells will survive. How many will survive depends on a number of factors all of which can affect the viability of the fat cells, and these include:

  • How gently the fat is harvested to avoid damaging the fat cells.
  • How the harvested fat is processed.
  • How the fat is injected.

By carefully optimising each of these three steps, one can expect around 80% of the injected fat to survive.

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Post-Operative Recovery

Hospital stay is not necessary. You can go home shortly after your procedure but you cannot go home alone. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can also be with you for the first 24 hours after General Anaesthesia.

Your breasts will be swollen and they may even show some minor superficial bruising from the injections. Breast discomfort should be minimal. Expect some short-lived and mild discomfort in the liposuctioned areas but this can be easily relieved with simple pain-relievers.

Your initial breast swelling will settle over the ensuing 2-3 weeks following which it should then remain fairly stable. A high carbohydrate diet during the first 3 weeks is said to increase fat cell survival by raising blood insulin levels.

You should be able to drive after 2-3 days but avoid strenuous exercise during the first 4 weeks.

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Cost of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

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Surgical Fee: Can only be determined at an Initial Consultation.

Our Surgeon will provide an itemised quotation at your Initial Consultation once the amount of Liposuction involved, the amount of Fat Transfer required, and the duration of your procedure have all been determined.

Additional costs include Hospital Fee, Anaesthetist Fee & Post-Operative Compression Garment.

Follow-up appointments for up to 6 months are included.

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Payment Plans 

We accept payments from various independent finance providers including 

Handypay & Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC

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If you need to finance all or part of your procedure, National Regulations require that you must source your own funding through a bank or any number of Medical Loan Providers such as the above easily found by searching on Google.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the Breast Augmentation achieved by Fat Grafting last?

If your weight remains stable, you should keep your size increase indefinitely. Just remember that the injected fat will behave the same as the fat in other parts of your body. In other words, if you gain weight, your breast size will increase. If, on the other hand, you lose weight, your breast size will decrease.

What percentage of the transferred fat will survive?

This will largely depend on how the entire procedure is done, in particular:
How gently the fat is harvested to avoid damaging the individual fat cells.
How the harvested fat is processed.
How the fat is injected. Using small syringes, the fat is injected carefully through the breast in a pattern of multiple ‘lines’ in order to avoid depositing the cells in clumps. This allows each ‘line’ of fat cells the best chance of establishing a connection to an adjacent blood supply and surviving.
Using these techniques, one can expect around 80% of the injected fat to survive.

Is Fat Grafting a safe procedure?

Yes. There has never been a case of breast cancer attributed to Breast Fat Grafting and accordingly you can rest assured that the procedure does not increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

What are the advantages of Breast Fat Grafting over Breast Implants?

• A more natural ‘look and feel’ to the breasts. 
• All the potential complications associated with breast implants are avoided. 
• No scars anywhere on the breast and only very small, inconspicuous liposuction scars in the donor area. 
• A quicker recovery and return to normal activities than after breast implants. 
• Minimal post-operative breast discomfort and only short-lived, mild discomfort in the liposuctioned donor areas. 
• No specific restrictions during recovery as are necessary with breast implants. 
• The added bonus of slimming down your preferred donor areas. 

Where is it done?

Breast Fat Grafting is performed in a Licensed Hospital under General Anaesthesia. However, hospital stay is not required and you can go home shortly after your procedure. However, you cannot go home alone. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can also be with you for the first 24 hours after General Anaesthesia.

Do I need a Special Bra or Compression Garment?

A special bra is not required. However, a Post-Operative Compression Garment for the liposuctioned areas is recommended for 6 weeks to give the donor areas the best chances of slimming down.

What is the Recovery?

Hospital stay is not necessary. You can go home shortly after your procedure but you cannot go home alone. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can also be with you for the first 24 hours after General Anaesthesia.
Your breasts will be swollen and may even show some minor superficial bruising from the injections but the discomfort should be minimal. Expect some mild discomfort in the liposuctioned areas but this can be easily relieved with simple pain-relievers. Your initial breast swelling will decrease over the first 2-3 weeks following which it should remain fairly stable. A high carbohydrate diet during the first 3 weeks is said to increase fat cell survival by raising blood insulin levels.
You should be able to drive after 2-3 days but avoid strenuous exercise for 4 weeks.

How many times can the procedure be performed?

Most women are happy with their result after one Fat Transfer. However, the procedure can always be repeated if a further increase in breast size is desired.

What are the costs?

The cost of a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation largely depends on how much Liposuction is involved. Our Surgeon will give you an itemised Total Cost once they have assessed you at your Initial Consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.