Fat transfer breast augmentation is one of the newest techniques in breast augmentation. It is a surgical procedure that improves the volume and proportion of the breasts by transferring fat to the affected area. The results are permanent, and they can last for years. There are some important things to remember when planning for fat transfer surgery. Here are some tips to help you make the most informed decision. The first step is to find a plastic surgeon who specializes in this type of surgery.
Dr Mark Doyle is one of the best plastic surgeons in Queensland. He offers breast fat grafting techniques to all patients from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Northern suburbs of NSW. He will provide you with a caring and supportive environment, with decades of experience to help you achieve your desired breasts through the PUREGRAFT fat transfer technique.
How Does Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation work?
Breast fat grafting is all about removing excess fat from patient, preparing it and transplant it to her breast. Dr use liposuction to suction out some of the unwanted pockets of fat from your body. This suctioned fat will purify using the PUREGRAFT SYSTEM before inserting into your breasts to enhance their shape and make them look fuller. The surgery has a very high patient safety and satisfaction rate and is an excellent option for you if you want a subtle and more natural-looking increase in your breast size. This process does not require you to put foreign implants into your body. Fat transfer breast augmentation results are permanent.
Am I a good candidate for Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
You might be a good candidate for a fat transfer breast augmentation if you:
- Have reasonable expectations about the results of the surgery.
- Are in a good state of physical and mental health
- Have an abundance of unwanted fat in your body, which can transplant to increase the size of your breasts.
- Want a small increase in your breast size. You are looking for subtle enlargement of your breasts of about one to two cup sizes.
- Like to enhance the appearance of your cleavage.
- Are willing to quit smoking before the surgery until complete recovery.
Dr Doyle will help you set realistic expectations by showing you fat transfer breast augmentation before and after and will also show what the changes may look like in you using 3D planning tools. This session will help you get a rough idea of
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Benefits
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure to enhance both the shape and size of the breasts. For doing that the surgeon either using silicone implants or body fat or both. Fat transfer breast augmentation using the unwanted fat present in specific parts of your body to improve the shape and size of your breasts.
- It gives you a more natural-looking breast expansion of about one to two cup sizes. This change is subtle and ideal if you are not looking for very large breasts.
- Scarring after the procedure is minimal.
- It helps improve your body proportions by enhancing how the breast and cleavage look.
- It also helps remove excess stubborn fat, which is usually resistant to traditional fat removal methods from the donor site. This fat is then transferred to the site to add volume where it is required.
- The results of breast fat grafting can give you a notable boost in your self-confidence.
- Fat transfer can combine with breast implant removal surgery to help you retain your breast fullness.
- Fat transfer breast enlargement has fewer risks and shorter recovery periods.
Breast Fat Grafting Consultation
There are numerous things to consider when deciding to undergo the procedure. Dr Doyle will discuss various alternatives to fat transfer breast enlargement during your initial consultation. He will examine your breasts and prospective sites for fat removal. Also you will see fat transfer breast augmentation before and after to find an idea about the results.
During the consultation at our clinic on the Gold Coast, Dr Mark will discuss the procedure, recovery and risks. He will answer all questions and expectations that you might have regarding the surgery.
Fat Transfer Breast Surgery
Fat transfer breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that both increases and enhances the shape and size of the breasts using fat cells from various parts of the body. It is an effective way of transferring unwanted fat from your body to the breast. This procedure involves liposuction, a process to remove fat cells from various parts of your body, like the stomach, hips, thighs, or buttocks, or area where there is excess fat, and inject them into the breasts to enhance the size and look of your breasts.
This procedure takes longer than a traditional breast augmentation technique. It takes more time as the excess fat must be removed, refined, and re-injected correctly into the breasts for an aesthetic and natural-looking result. Often on slimmer patients, the fat is harvested from several areas. The most common sites are the abdomen, inner and outer thighs, flanks and buttocks. Numerous small inconspicuous incisions are made for the procedure, so scarring associated is usually minimal.
The following steps outline the various stages of the procedure:
Regarding anaesthesia, Dr will use local anaesthesia, IV sedation, or general anaesthesia. Most commonly general anaesthesia is the preferred form of anaesthetic. He recommend the best anaesthetic for you depending on your health, and size of the liposuction that will be necessary to achieve your desired result.
Small inconspicuous incisions will make around the predetermined target site to remove the fat. R will use local anesthetics around the site to reduce discomfort and bleeding. Then, He inserts a thin cannula through the incision and moves it in a back-and-forth motion to make the fat cells lose and dislodge them. These dislodged fat cells are suctioned out purified, and the small incisions are stitched.
The amount of fat removed and areas needing liposuction depends on the patient.
3. Fat purification and fat transfer through PUREGRAFT
Dr Doyle will remove the fat, concentrate and purify it using the PUREGRAFT technique. PUREGRAFT technique is a revolutionary fat purification and transfer technique known to consistently remove 97% of excess components from the extracted fat. He uses this technique as it provides long-term retention to your grafted fats. The multiple filtration system present on the PUREGRAFT, removes all the contaminants like blood, oil and fluids that would generally be present in a traditional technique.
The purified fat will be deposited in the predetermined area of your breast in a 4-steps process using PUREGRAFT system. Dr will inject fat cells superficially into the tissues rich in blood supply through multiple small inconspicuous incisions. A rich supply of blood is crucial for fat survival. The extracted fat cells do not have a blood supply of their own. The injection needle is inserted and withdrawn from the area multiple times. When Dr withdraws the needle, a layer of fat is deposited in the natural planes of your tissue. After you got the desired breast size and shape, Dr will seal the incisions, and apply dressings to the sites of the fat graft.
The technique relies on the fat cells getting a blood supply. Some of the transferred fat cells don’t survive and are removed by the body. Usually between 70 – 80% of transferred fat will survive. Dr Doyle transfers a little more fat on each side knowing that some of the fat will absorb.
If the fat ‘takes’ differently from one breast to the other, then this may lead to breast asymmetry. He is equipped in his office to perform small fat transfer to ‘top-up’ one side or the other. If necessary, he will do this in 3 months or more following the initial surgery.
4. Post-Op recovery
After the surgery, you may develop discomfort and soreness at both sites of the liposuction and your breasts, which will gradually fade away over a few days.
Most patients go home from the hospital the same day but occasionally you may need to stay in John Flynn Private Hospital overnight. You will receive pain killers if needed and use a bra to support your breasts. Any area that had liposuction will require a pressure garment to minimize post-operative swelling.
How long does it take to recover from a fat transfer breast augmentation?
You must rest and heal in a calm and relaxing environment for proper recovery. Physical movements should be minimal and demanding activities should be abstained. Recovery is usually quick. But you may have to wear a compressive bra for about six weeks. This helps reduce swelling and accelerates wound healing.
Sleeping or sitting with your upper body raised by about 30 degrees helps reduce swelling and facilitates early wound healing during the first week after surgery. After about a day or two of the surgery, day-to-day and less demanding activities can be done. Post-operative swelling subsides gradually over about a week, after which you can continue working comfortably. Indulging in strenuous exercises and swimming can occur about six weeks post-operatively.
You can resume driving when you move freely and comfortably. Breast massages should be avoided for six weeks following the surgery as it may dislodge the transferred fat cells in the breasts.
You must stop smoking 6 weeks before and after your surgery as smoking is associated with delayed healing and poor take of the fat cells. Usually, complete recovery and final results of the procedure will be noticeable after about twelve weeks.
Why choose Dr Mark Doyle?
Dr Mark Doyle is a highly skilled and accomplished specialist plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. He puts his patient’s safety and wellbeing as his priority and approaches every case with up-to-date knowledge and highly innovative techniques. He performs fat transfer breast augmentation through the PUREGRAFT fat transfer system, which helps achieve more fat retention (of up to 60%) in your breasts giving you longer-lasting outcomes.
Commonly Combined With
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation surgery can combine with Breast Implants to create fullness, or a Breast Lift to address sagging tissue. The procedure of Fat Transfer with Breast Implants is Hybrid Breast Augmentation and is one of Dr Doyle’s signature procedures. This Hybrid Procedure is growing in popularity as it allows patients to use a smaller sized implant yet still achieve similar results.
Breast Surgery can perform at the same time as a Nose Job, or another facial surgery.
As fat transfer uses liposuction to graft fat into the breast, this procedure combines well with Tummy Tuck surgery for total body transformation. The combination of breast and tummy surgery is Mummy Makeover and is incredibly popular with women who have finished their families and want to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies.
There are many benefits of combining multiple procedures into one surgery date. These include having only one recovery period, saving on out of pocket costs, reducing anaesthesia related risks and also having more dramatic transformation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it worth getting undergoing fat transfer breast augmentation?
It can be worth getting fat grafting if you:
- Are healthy with adequate fat stores.
- Want natural and subtle enlargement of your breasts.
- Have sensible expectations about the outcome of fat transfer.
- Have concerns regarding your breast size.
How much does breast augmentation fat transfer cost in Australia?
Fat transfer breast augmentation is highly individualised plastic surgical procedure. The amount of fat to be transferred depends upon your requirements. Larger breasts will need more time for fat harvest, preparation and transfer; hence the cost is different for different women. Final payment includes anesthetist and the hospital as well. Since this is a cosmetic procedure, it would normally not attract a Medicare rebate. Medicare rebates may apply if you need the surgery due to breast asymmetry.
To receive a more accurate estimate on fat transfer breast augmentation cost, schedule a consultation. You can access our list of pricing resources to find more about the cost of breast augmentation using fat transfer surgery:
What bra should I wear after fat transfer?
Surgical bra or medical compression bra without underwires will give you the required support. Actually, you should wear supportive garments for about six weeks following surgery for the best results.
Am I too young or too old to undergo breast augmentation surgery using fat transfer?
Irrespective of your age, if you feel you can benefit from breast augmentation through fat transfer, you should schedule a consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon. However, surgeons recommended that you should only opt for the surgery after reaching 18 years of age when your breasts have reached their final size. Dr recommends you wait until you have completed your family to undergo the procedure. Pregnancy and breastfeeding after the surgery will affect the long-term results.
What are the potential risks of breast augmentation through fat transfer?
Breast augmentation through fat transfer is a much safer surgery than that requiring implant placement, but it has its potential risks and complications. It is crucial to understand that no surgery is risk-free; knowing the potential risks before undergoing the procedure will help you take the appropriate steps to avoid them.
Any surgical procedure carries some risk of infection, severe bruising, or adverse reaction in response to anaesthetics. In breast augmentation surgery through transferring fat, there is the possibility of complications related to liposuction. Possible risks include:
- Fat necrosis
- Excessive bleeding
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Unsatisfactory results and need for implant placement.
The procedure is not ideal for you if you are looking for large changes in your breast size.
Book a consultation to find out if breast augmentation using your fat cells is right for you. Book a consultation with Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Mark Doyle on the Gold Coast.
- Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation – American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer – AEDIT
- Breast implants vs fat transfer: which one should I go for? – Aria MedTour
About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon
Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.
Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing Breast, Body, Face and Nose surgery. As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is driven by an intense passion for helping patients achieve a happier, more beautiful self through advanced cosmetic surgery procedures.
He maintains a strong commitment to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.
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