Breast augmentation with your own fat is a perfect way to shape the body

The size and fullness of the breasts have a huge impact on a woman's self-esteem. Factors such as weight loss, breastfeeding, pregnancy, or age-related changes can cause breasts to lose shape and appear empty. Many women have naturally small breasts. For many years, women have dreamed of how to move excess fat from the waist or hips to their breasts, increasing it. Fortunately, scientific and technological advances are now making this fantasy a reality!

Although breast implants and mastopexy are popular breast augmentation techniques, not all women want to have major surgery under general anesthesia.

Breast augmentation with autologous fat is a minimally invasive breast correction method.

This procedure is ideal for women who want to add shape and volume to their breasts while eliminating obesity located elsewhere on the body. For some patients, this form of body contouring may be the only way to achieve the ultimate goal of a slim figure.

Breast augmentation involves removing fat from pockets of fat in different areas of the body and transferring fat to the breast area. The method is autologous (autologous) fat transplant and in recent years it has gained popularity as a new method of breast reconstruction. In this case, the fatty tissue is removed from other parts of the body (thighs, abdomen and buttocks) by liposuction. The fatty tissue is then processed and injected into the breast area.

Using autologous fat allows women to increase the size of their breasts with a completely natural alternative to breast implants - autologous fat cells. This procedure is also known as autologous fat transplant for breast augmentation. Another form of fat grafting (lipofilling) has been used for several years to correct subtle differences in shape, balance or position of the reconstructed breast compared to the other. Since the method was successful, the doctors speculated that they would be able to restore the whole breast with fat transfer. In addition, the use of fat helps to reconstruct the shape of the mammary glands after tumor removal or mastectomy, as well as masking the edges or nervousness of existing implants.

Surgeons can also combine fat injections and mastopexy to improve the natural appearance of the breasts, even without implants.

Fat tissue contains stem cells. Stem cell augmentation is another name for the procedure of transferring fatty tissue to the mammary glands.

Are you suitable for breast augmentation with fat injections?

This procedure is ideal for many women who are considering breast augmentation but do not wish to use implants. However, fat cell transplants are suitable for women who wish to enlarge their breasts by no more than one full size. In addition, there must be fat deposits on the body, from which the fat will be taken to be transplanted into the mammary glands.

The procedure is not recommended if:

  • you want a significant increase in breast size;
  • there is not enough fat on the body for a transplant;
  • your breast needs a lift;
  • you plan to get pregnant within the next year.

Preparation of the procedure

During the first consultation, the surgeon will assess the anatomical contours of the body. Areas of excess fat can include the outer thighs, inner thighs, abdomen, and lumbar region. The surgeon will identify the areas best used for fat gain as well as for body contouring.

The best fat transplant results are obtained when the transplanted fat cells are placed in tissue rich in blood. Therefore, many surgeons recommend wearing a Brava® appliance or other type of breast extender for 4 weeks or more before fat injections and for several weeks after the procedure. The external dilator will prepare the body to create the right conditions for fat injection. The expanding pressure will help the body to naturally generate new tissue and blood vessels in the breasts.

Order of procedure

Breast augmentation consists of two procedures performed on the same day. Liposuction helps harvest fat cells, and after careful preparation, the collected fat is injected into the mammary glands.

breast augmentation with fat

The procedure begins with minimally invasive liposuction to extract fat from a selected area of the patient's body. Liposuction is usually done by hand under local anesthesia and does not require any incision. Fragile fatty tissue should be removed with care.

The recovered fat is centrifuged to separate unwanted components. The purification process involves removing lipids, anesthetics, and medical fluids from fat in order to obtain healthy fat cells devoid of other tissues.

This method reduces the likelihood of transferring unwanted material with fat and induces activation of stem cells. The stem cells will ensure the continuous renewal of the transplanted adipose tissue.

After the treatment, the fat cells are carefully injected with dozens of small injections into the breast tissue, between the chest wall and the skin of the breast. Similar to a 3D dot matrix, this approach helps the surgeon carefully sculpt the breast to create volume and definition.

Stem cells can play an important role in increasing the blood supply to fatty tissue after transplantation.

Breast augmentation with the fat injection method takes much longer than traditional methods. These two procedures (selection and distribution) generally last more than 3 to 4 hours.

Benefits of breast augmentation with fat

The advantages of this innovative technique over breast implants are listed below.

  1. Instead of foreign implant material, the body's own tissues are used, so there is no risk of rejection or allergic reactions.
  2. Fat is removed from areas where you don't want it (thighs, buttocks, waist).
  3. Many plastic surgeons perform fat grafts through a series of small injections into different areas of the breast. The breasts acquire their optimal natural shape. It also makes it possible to correct any irregularity or asymmetry.
  4. The procedure only includes small holes from liposuction and injections, which reduces the possibility of scarring.
  5. Fat injections can be used to cover up breast implants that don't look natural.
  6. Although breast augmentation with fat comes with its own risks, the risks of implant rupture, capsular contracture, and implant rotation are eliminated.
  7. There is no need for "maintenance" of the implant - breast implants usually need to be replaced (after 10-20 years), while fat grafts are long term.
  8. One of the biggest advantages of fat injections is the faster recovery time compared to traditional breast augmentation surgery.
before and after breast augmentation with fat

Possible risks and drawbacks of the procedure

The disadvantages of fat grafting include the lack of large-scale clinical trials with a long-term perspective, since the method has only been used since 2009.

The fat injection procedure cannot enlarge the breast more than one size.

Therefore, if women want a significant change in the size of the mammary glands, they may need more than one procedure, which will take longer than using implants or mastopexy. In addition, multiple treatments increase the cost of treatment compared to the traditional method.

fat cells for breast augmentation

It is important to know that in many cases the fat injected into the breast area can be absorbed by the body over time and the breasts can lose size. This is why some plastic surgeons may initially add more fat than the patient wants.

Since fat stem cells can stimulate the growth of other cells, some doctors are concerned that the fat injected into the breast will cause the growth of dormant breast cancer cells. Serious research is needed to test this hypothesis.

Some fat cells may die (necrose) after the transplant. Symptoms of necrosis may include pain, bleeding, blue or black skin, numbness, fever, discharge, or pus.

Although the risks of the procedure are minimal compared to major breast augmentation surgeries, there may be some side effects. Some potential complications can include:

  • texture heterogeneity;
  • ripples on the surface of the mammary glands;
  • the formation of cysts.