Breast augmentation with an autologous fat transfer is a natural breast enhancement procedure that is done without the use of implants. Unwanted fat is taken from elsewhere on the body and injected into the breast site. Because some of the fat that is injected into the breasts during the procedure is reabsorbed by the body, the initial results may appear different than anticipated. Dr. Chao inserts more fat than necessary to compensate for the fat that doesn’t survive, which can be 20% or more. Patients are typically very satisfied when they see the enhanced contours of their breasts, which look and feel natural.
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and is performed under general anesthesia.
The procedure is done is three main steps;
The liposuction is performed with a technique called tumescent liposuction. During this procedure, Dr. Chao injects a tumescent solution containing local anesthetic directly into the treatment area. This technique eliminates pain and reduces bleeding during the procedure as well as greatly reducing postoperative pain and bruising.
The recovery involves at least two separate surgical sites, the area where the liposuction was performed as well as the breasts. Patients are required to wear a special compression garment to keep pressure on the skin where the liposuction was performed. This is worn for several weeks. No drains are required. Bruising, swelling, and mild to moderate discomfort are to be expected. Most patients should plan to take a week or two off from work. Dr. Chao gives you a more detailed timeline based on your specific procedure. Dr. Chao recommends resting after your procedure, however it isimportant to move around your house or take short walks to promote circulation , which is an important part of your healing process. Normal physical activity is discouraged for the first 2-3 weeks, strenuous activity should be delayed even longer. Individual results and experience may vary.
Jerome D. Chao, MD FACS
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Latham, NY 12110
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- Women who prefer not to get breast implants or desire a more “organic” or natural enhancement to their breasts.
- Patients who have areas of unwanted fat elsewhere on their bodies.