Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

What is Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer?

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 breasts. 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.

Who is a Candidate?

Women who prefer not to get breast implants or desire a more “organic” or natural enhancement to their breasts may be able to benefit from breast augmentation with fat transfer. Patients who have areas of unwanted fat elsewhere on their bodies can also benefit. It is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chao in order to best determine if a breast procedure is right for you.

Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Before and After

The Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Procedure

The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and is performed under general anesthesia. It is done in three main steps:

  • Liposuction: Dr. Chao removed excess fat from the targeted areas of the body. These areas may include the abdomen, hips, or thighs.
  • Purification: The fat cells that are obtained through liposuction are then purified, which entails removing fluid and any damaged fat cells. This warrants that only healthy cells are injected into the breasts.  
  • Augmentation: Dr. Chao then injects the purified fat cells into the breasts using small cannulas specially made to ensure natural-looking results.

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 results in less pain and bleeding during the procedure, leading to less post-op pain and bruising.

Results and Recovery

What is the recovery period like?

Following breast augmentation with fat transfer, 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 is important to 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.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Chao to discuss breast augmentation with fat transfer, contact our Latham, NY office today!