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What is the procedure for a fat transfer breast augmentation?

A first step of the procedure, decided on with Dr. Courtney ahead of time, is the part of your body the donor fat will be removed from. The area selected will be a place where you have excess, unwanted fat. One of the benefits of a fat transfer breast augmentation is that it includes this unwanted fat removal, providing you with a more toned, lean body at the same time as your breasts are enhanced.

During the surgery, this fat tissue will be removed by liposuction and then purified. Once it is purified, it is transferred into your breasts. This new fat tissue in your breasts fills them out and gives them a plumper, fuller appearance that is soft and natural looking.

What are the benefits of the fat transfer breast augmentation?

A fat transfer can be a good option for a patient who is looking for a smaller breast augmentation or who are concerned about foreign objects (implants) in their breasts.

Natural augmentation that does not rely on a medical device like an implant carries no risk of implant failure or breast implant illness, and there is no need to replace the implants every ten years, although over time a patient may want to boost their breast augmentation with a new fat transfer.

Fat transfers have minimal incisions, reducing the risk of scarring.

Finally, fat-transfer breast augmentation leaves you with long-lasting, natural-looking and feeling breasts.

Is a fat transfer breast augmentation a good option for me?

Fat transfer breast augmentation is for patients who are healthy nonsmokers who have sufficient unwanted fat to be harvested for transfer to their breasts. 

Women who would like to increase their breast size by about one cup, gaining moderate cleavage are good candidates for this procedure.

Women with asymmetrical breasts who are not looking to greatly enlarge their breasts can be ideal candidates for this procedure. Fat can improve the shape of the breasts without significantly enlarging them.

The best way to learn if the procedure is right for you is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Courtney, who can assess your goals and help you decide which course of action is best for you.

What should I expect in my consultation with Dr. Courtney?

Dr. Courtney will review your medical history, goals and concerns. He will walk you through each step of the procedure and answer any questions about what to expect. Depending on your expectations for your breasts, he may recommend a breast lift as well. Dr. Courtney will discuss possible donor sites on your body to help you achieve a more sculpted look as a part of the liposuction procedure to provide the fat transfer, selecting the areas that will best complement your augmented breasts.

Recovery

After surgery, a compression bandage is placed around the breasts for about one week, which improves your comfort and also helps to reduce swelling and bruising. Recovery time varies from person to person, often depending on the fat donor sites that were liposuctioned.

Pain from the procedure is different for every patient. Most patients report pain greatly decreasing after the first one or two weeks and need no further pain medication.

Patients spend one to two days resting and generally return to normal activities in one week. Patients who work in active positions or do heavy labor should usually wait longer, about 3-6 weeks, to resume work or exercise.

How long will my results last?

Results from breast augmentation through fat transfer can last permanently. The full results of the procedure can take 4-6 months to be completely realized, as the cells take time to settle, and some of the injected fat can dissolve in the first few weeks after the procedure. This is a natural part of the healing process. While some patients have less fat loss, others may need a follow-up procedure to add additional fat.

The amount of fat your body maintains after fat transfer will not decrease any further after the initial month, and the size of your breasts will last from there forward--larger, more shapely, and fully natural.

Breast augmentation with Dr. Courtney

Dr. Courtney cares about your goals and is dedicated to helping you achieve your expectations. He ensures he understands your unique desires as he develops your surgical plan, giving close attention to your hopes for your breast augmentation outcome. Dr. Courtney cares about helping you realize beautiful results, boosting happiness and confidence when it comes to your appearance. Dr. Courtney is a Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who has seen the benefits of this procedure for women looking to enhance their breasts with fat transfer, and he is ready to help you take your next step to the natural-looking, long-lasting breasts you want.

If you’re ready to learn more about your options for fat transfer breast augmentation, please contact us to schedule your personal consultation.

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