Breast fat transfer surgery can be used in breast augmentation procedures where only a minor increase in volume is desired. Breast fat transfer can also be utilized to complement breast reconstruction - replacing breast volume loss after breast cancer surgery or mastectomy.
Although breast reconstruction often involves inserting a synthetic implant, breast fat transfer is an alternative, more natural treatment for rebuilding the breasts.
“Autologous fat transfer” removes fat from an area of the body that has fat to spare, and places it in the breast for results that look and feel natural. By using the patient’s own fat, the hard look and feel often associated with implants is eliminated.
Many women also like the idea that a foreign material has not been inserted in their bodies. The cosmetic benefit of fat transfer is that the area, usually the abdomen, from which the fat is taken becomes slimmer and more contoured.
Fat-transfer breast reconstruction is ideal for nearly any woman who wants a minor breast augmentation or requires breast reconstruction and does not want to use a saline or silicone implant.
Breast surgery using autologous fat transfer has a number of benefits over breast implants, including the following:
In general, a breast augmented or reconstructed from a patient’s own tissue is more similar in shape, contour, and feel to a natural breast than one using an implant.
First, fat is removed using liposuction, in which a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted through small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is suctioned out using a vacuum or a cannula-attached syringe. The harvested fat cells are then purified. In the second procedure, which takes place on the same day, the fat is injected into the breast through small incisions.
The procedure takes 4 to 6 hours to perform under general anesthesia, or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the preference of the patient and surgeon. Because some of the injected fat is reabsorbed by the body, some people may require two or more fat-transfer procedures to achieve satisfactory results. Postoperative pain and swelling, which can be managed with prescription medication, are typical. A patient can return to work and other light activity after a few weeks.
Aside from the risks associated with any surgery, those related to breast fat transfer include the following:
Although there was initial concern in the medical community that using fat to augment or reconstruct the breast might increase the risk of breast cancer recurring, studies indicate that it does not.
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