Fat transfer breast augmentation essentially uses liposuction to take fat from other parts of your body and inject it to enhance the breasts.

Fat transfer breast augmentation essentially uses liposuction to take fat from other parts of your body and inject it into your breasts. This is a breast augmentation option for women who are looking for a relatively small increase in breast size and would prefer natural results.

Fat transfer breast augmentation risks include:

  • Cysts
  • Infection
  • Microcalcification
  • Necrosis (death) of fat cells
  • Possibility that some of the transferred fat cells will leave the breast area

Your plastic surgeon may also have you use a tissue expansion system during the weeks before your breast augmentation surgery to improve your results. You may have to have touch-up injections to retain your improved shape if you choose this surgery.

  • Pre-expansion technique allows successful fat transfer to breasts
  • Fat transfer provides viable alternative to breast implants
  • New technique doubles breast size using patient's own f
Pre-expansion technique allows successful fat transfer to breasts

A new breast “pre-expansion” technique can triple the volume of fat cells transferred to the breasts, according to a report in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dubbed the “mega-volume” autologous fat transfer technique for breast augmentation or breast reconstruction, the technique helps overcome limits on fat transfer to breasts. The patient must first undergo several weeks of “pre-expansion” treatment using the Brava® system. The researchers also developed a “micro-ribbon” technique of injecting fat cells, distributing them in close proximity (within 2 millimeters) to the blood supply needed for survival, and describe approaches to estimating the volume of fat that can be safely injected without creating excessive pressure within the breast. Still, achieving good results with mega-volume fat transfer depends on the patient’s commitment to using the Brava device for breast pre-expansion, for up to 3 weeks before the procedure.

Fat transfer provides viable alternative to breast implants

Silicone or saline have been the standard for breast implants but there may be a natural alternative to choose from. Fat grafting could be a new approach to more natural-looking breasts.

The previous method of fat grafting involved gathering fat via liposuction from one area of the body which was then injected into the breast. Using this method, only 55 percent of the fat survived. The fat did not survive because there was not enough room in the breast for the fat.

In order to overcome this problem, researchers developed the BRAVA device, which is a suction-pump bra. BRAVA slowly expands the breast using the suction device, acting as a vacuum to create room inside the breast for fat transfer. BRAVA creates the extra room needed for the fat transfer while also creating an ideal environment for the fat to survive

There were no major safety concerns from using BRAVA in addition to fat injections. The procedure is non-invasive, with no incisions or scarring. Recovery from this surgery is approximately three to five days. According to Dr. Khouri, the BRAVA and fat injection procedure could be used for cosmetic purposes as well as for breast reconstruction

New technique doubles breast size using patient's own

A plastic surgery procedure in which the patient's own fat is transplanted to the breasts - used along with treatment to expand the breast tissue before surgery - can achieve up to a twofold increase in breast size.

The procedure builds on previous fat transfer techniques to provide excellent outcomes of breast enhancement surgery. "Pre-expansion to the breast allows for mega-volume (over 300 cc) grafting with reproducible, long lasting results that can be achieved in less than two hours,"

"Pre-Expansion" Maximizes Results of Breast Fat Transfer

The technique is an adaptation of the increasingly popular autologous fat transplantation technique. In these procedures, fat obtained by liposuction from one part of the body - for example, the thighs - is transferred for use in breast enlargement and reshaping.

In the procedure used , the patient first undergoes several weeks of "pre-expansion" treatment. This is done with a bra-like device that uses gentle negative pressure to gradually expand the breast. The pre-expansion procedure provides extra room in the breast, which is "backfilled" using the liposuctioned fat.

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