Fat transfer to breast is a popular treatment that can be chosen to increase the volume of the breast, either independently for a small increase in size / volume, or alongside an implant for more dramatic results. Fat transfer to breast quite literally involves the extraction of fat from one area of the body (usually the abdomen or thighs) which is then transferred to the breast. Whilst this procedure is favourable for increases of up to one cup size, it is not a replacement for breast augmentation using implants where more than one cup size increase is desired.
Your fat transfer to breast journey will begin with a pre-operative assessment to determine the reasons for the surgery as well as the desired outcome. Once it has been decided that you would be a suitable candidate for fat transfer to breast, we would proceed with booking your treatment. On the day of treatment we would extract fat from the identified areas of the body using a cannula. The extracted fat is then placed in a device that will spin the fat to separate and remove any blood or fluids. The raw fat will then be injected into the breast carefully and slowly in small amounts, creating the desired shape and increase in volume. There are no stitches required for this procedure as it does not involve cutting the skin.
At REAL, fat transfer to breast is carried out under general anaesthetic. We use total intravenous anaesthesia as it has greater potential benefits compared to other forms of anaesthesia. Intravenous anaesthesia is more rapid in onset, and elimination which allows for speedier recovery. Further benefits include; increased haemodynamic stability (stabilised blood flow), decreased risk of organ toxicity, decrease in surgical haemostasis (bleeding), reduced risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting, and improved, more predictable recovery
There is likely to be some swelling, bruising, tenderness and discomfort following the fat transfer to breast procedure, which can be managed with pain relief. Occasionally a patient may experience bleeding, fat necrosis, and breast asymmetry. There is also an association with benign calcifications which can interfere with the interpretation of mammograms.
You can typically allow between 2-3 weeks to recover from a fat transfer to breast procedure. It would be advisable if possible to rest during this period and refrain from any stress inducing activities including going to work and driving. You should not resume activities such as going to the gym or sports for around 6 weeks post surgery and steps toward increased activity levels should be taken slowly.
If you’re not sure what treatment you need, or you would just like a chat to get some advice, give our team a call or drop us a message and we’ll be happy to help.