Fat Transfer to Breasts
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If you are like many women, you have looked at yourself in the mirror and wished that your waist was a little more trim and your breasts a little more full.
Particularly for women who have had children, the process of breasts swelling while breastfeeding and then subsiding after nursing, may leave their breasts sagging and slightly smaller than before pregnancy. The process of transferring fat from another area of the body to the breasts is not a new concept. Particularly in women who have had a mastectomy due to cancer, the concept of placing fat from another area of the body into the breast has been a beneficial one. Recent improvements in technique and technology are enabling more women to take advantage of this procedure.
Before you read further, it is important to understand that a fat transfer to your breasts is not a good way to dramatically increase your breast size. The ideal candidate for a fat transfer to breasts is a woman who has excess fat she would like to remove and is interested in returning to a previous size or achieving a moderate increase in breast size (up to one cup size). If you are interested in dramatically increasing your breast size, please visit our breast augmentation pages.
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There are also some disadvantages to breast enlargement using fat transfer. The results are limited, so a woman who has lost a lot of volume in her breasts may need a breast lift or breast implants instead. Also, like all fat transfer procedures, some of the fat may not survive, so you may need an additional procedure to get the results you desire. The cost of the fat transfer procedure will be more than a breast augmentation implant and a patient will have essentially two surgeries (the breast area and the donor liposuction area) and therefore will need to expect two recovery areas. Thin women will not have enough fat to transfer to make enough of a difference, so there are fewer candidates for this option versus breast implant candidates.
The recovery time for a fat transfer to your breasts is relatively short, however the recovery from the actual lipo portion of the surgery will be more intense. Most women find they are able to return to regular activities within about 2-3 weeks, but it is recommended that you avoid strenuous activity for about 4-6 weeks. There may be some swelling and bruising, but it is limited, and because the fat is created by and returned to your body, there is no chance of an allergic reaction. Please contact Dr. David Broadway at the Broadway Center for Plastic Surgery and learn more about how a fat transfer to your breasts can return the youthful appearance to your body.