Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A BREAST FAT TRANSFER TRANSPLANT?
Autologous fat transfer (AFT), also known as Fat Grafting, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses your fat tissue to increase the size or enhance the contour of your breasts. It is a fairly new form of breast augmentation and an eminent tool for plastic surgeons in areas like the face, hands, buttocks, and especially breasts.
Non Surgical breast lifts, such as AFT, won’t provide the same dramatic results as a traditional mammoplasty surgery might. But they are worth considering if you’re looking for a way to perk up your breasts with less risk and expense.
HOW IS THE BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH FAT TRANSFER PROCEDURE?
During the Fat Grafting procedure, the doctor will carefully conduct liposuction to remove fat tissue from an area of your body with excess fat (typically your thighs, buttocks, or belly). The fat extracted will be prepared and then injected into your breast region, in thin fine strips less than 1 mm in width. Many precautions are taken, including avoiding trauma at the liposuction site, careful refinement of the tissue, and injections in small aliquots instead of large portions. It commonly takes 4 to 5 hours. The whole procedure is done under local anesthetic and quite promptly. There are no scars and your breasts will look (and feel) natural, after all, they are still natural and assembled with your very own tissue.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR FAT TRANSFER SURGERY?
AFT can be a good option if your goal is a slight breast enhancement or a modest breast size increase, such as 1 cup size. It is recommended if you are looking for a less invasive procedure compared with breast implants. Overall, the best candidates are women with large hips and small breasts. Because large hips mean good fat for harvesting in liposuction. Additionally, women with asymmetrical breasts or 'depressions' in the breasts are good potential candidates for fat grafting.
IS BREAST FAT TRANSFER PAINFUL?
No, it is not painful. During the procedure, you will be under the influence of an anesthetic or fully sedated and will not feel anything. The recovery time is fast-moving, but there will be some swelling and bruising in the days immediately after surgery. It's only temporary and tends to quickly disappear. Painkillers can be prescribed if you need them, although they are often not required.
HOW IS THE RECOVERY IN THE POST-OP OF A NATURAL BREAST ENHANCEMENT?
It depends on each patient, but you may be bruised and swollen for 1-3 weeks and should avoid exercise during this time. If you wish, you can be off work for 1-2 weeks for a more easeful recovery, but it is not mandatory. In the first few days following your fat transfer augmentation, you may feel some discomfort around the breasts and experience an aching sensation. Total healing depends on how many areas the initial liposuction was carried out on. Your doctor will guide your recovery, after assessing your current physical condition.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Not only does it improve the size and symmetry of breasts without surgery or stitches, but this implant-free approach delivers results that look and feel natural. Breast fat transfer offers no risk of implant rejection or allergic reactions. You also won’t have any scarring, due to the minimally invasive treatment that only requires several freckle-sized entry sites. And there is no maintenance necessary, autologous breast augmentations age normally and do not require additional care after treatment.
WHAT IS THE COST OF BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH FAT TRANSFER IN NYC?
Your exact cost for a natural breast enhancement is based on your unique body size and shape as well as the amount of augmentation you desire. The cost is calculated for the two procedures (liposuction and breast augmentation). You can expect the cost of a Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer to be between $X,000 and $X,000, which you can pay over time.
WHERE CAN I GET BREAST FAT TRANSFER NEAR ME?
StudioMD is committed to helping you achieve your personalized cosmetic goals. We provide state-of-the-art facilities and a team of top-notch specialists who are experts in the fields of fat grafting, among several natural enhancements.
Dr. Sharon Giese is a breast specialist, completing a fellowship in breast and aesthetic surgery at Georgetown University. As a leading authority on plastic surgery, Dr. Giese has been featured in many broadcasts.