Breast Fat Grafting
Breast fat grafting can be an alternative to implants for those wanting breast enlargement surgery. For this procedure, fat is taken from other areas of the body and injected into the breast.
What Is Breast Fat Grafting?
For those who want larger breasts but don’t like the idea of having silicone implants, breast fat injections are an alternative option. It’s a more natural solution for giving volume and shape to the breasts, often after pregnancy, weight loss or breastfeeding.
What Should You Expect During Your Consultation?
We understand that undergoing cosmetic surgery is never a decision to be taken lightly, so we invite every patient in for a consultation. At UK Aesthetics, we want to determine the best options available to achieve your desired results, which is why we need you to be as honest and open as possible. During this informal discussion, we’ll go through your medical history and surgical expectations.
How Should I Prepare For Fat Transfer To Breast Surgery?
Before the surgery you’ll be put under general anaesthetic, so if you’re unwell or have any other health issues then it’s important that you let us know. There are additional precautions you need to take before the surgery, including:
- Don’t take any aspirin
- Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before
- Stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements
You should arrange for a friend or relative to collect you after surgery. It’s also recommended that you take 1 to 2 weeks off work, depending on the nature of your job.
What Happens During Surgery?
The fat transfer to breast surgery usually takes between 1 to 2 hours. During the procedure, fat is taken usually from the thighs, tummy, arms or flanks. An anaesthetic fluid is placed inside the area that the fat is to be removed from. The fat is then removed from the body using a cannula tube. This is then spun using special equipment to ensure only the best quality fat is used. Small, safe, amounts of fat are then injected into the breast through an incision. The area is then closed with dissolvable stitches.
Aftercare For Breast Fat Injections
After the procedure, you may be experiencing mild pain and discomfort, for which you might wish to take painkillers. Additionally, you may need to wear a compression garment to help with recovery. It’s vital that you follow the surgeon’s guidelines for recovery which include:
- Avoid any strenuous activity or exercise
- Keep the wounds dry
- Don’t drive if you’re still experiencing discomfort
About a week or so after your surgery you will need to attend the dressing clinic to check the healing process.
Risks And Complications
Although the majority of patients are extremely pleased with the results of their fat transfer to breast surgery, there are some risks and complications to consider. Common complaints such as bruising, swelling and mild pain are all likely post-surgery. There’s also a possibility that the fat is reabsorbed into body. If this occurs, then a repeat procedure will be required. More serious risks will be discussed in detail during your consultation.
Who Is Suitable For The Surgery?
Those with realistic surgery expectations who want larger breasts. Anyone who wants natural looking breasts without undergoing implant surgery.
What Are The Scars After Breast Fat Injections?
There are inevitably some small scars after the procedure. These will appear red at first but will soon fade into white.
How Much Do Breast Fat Injections Cost?
This depends on what exactly is required. A full quote including all applicable fees will be provided after the first consultation.
Is Fat Transfer To Breast Surgery Better Than Implants?
Fat injections into the breast can often give a more natural appearance than silicone implants, however implants can provide a larger degree of augmentation compared to fat transfer. You can discuss both options with your surgeon to decide which is best for you.