Breast Lift with Fat Transfer
Patients who may wish to undergo a breast lift with fat transfer include those who have small breasts that may also be sagging as a result of the ageing process, weight loss or pregnancy.
What Is A Breast Lift With Fat Transfer?
While a standard mastopexy involves uplifting the breasts, a breast lift with fat transfer aims to also increase the breast size. Some patients may prefer fat grafting to the breasts instead of implants for a more natural appearance.
What Should You Expect During Your Consultation?
At UK Aesthetic, we understand that the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery should never be taken lightly. That’s why we invite every patient into the clinic for an initial consultation to determine your surgery expectations. During this discussion, it’s paramount that you’re open and honest about your current lifestyle and medical history. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the operation.
How Should I Prepare For Breast Lift With Fat Transfer Surgery?
Before the surgery you will be put under general anaesthetic. Because of this, it’s important that you let us know if you’re feeling unwell or have any other health related issues. There are also some additional guidelines you’ll need to follow 6 weeks prior to surgery:
- Stop taking aspirin
- Stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements
- Don’t smoke
It’s advised that you arrange for someone to collect you after the breast lift with fat transfer surgery. You should also take some time off work, usually about 1 to 2 weeks.
What Happens During Surgery?
The breast lift with fat transfer procedure lasts between 1 – 2 hours. For this procedure, fat is usually taken from the tummy, thighs, flanks or arms. Then, an anesthesia fluid is injected into the area that the fat is to be taken from and it’s removed with a cannula tube. It’s then spun in a special machine to ensure only the best quality fat is being reinjected.
The fat is then injected into the breast, usually in small volumes with a syringe. An incision is then usually made around the nipple and in a vertical line down to the crease underneath the breast. The skin envelope is then tightened and any excess skin or fat is removed. Depending on the patient’s desired results, the areola may be resized and the nipple moved higher. The wounds are then closed with dissolvable stitches.
It’s common to feel mild pain after the procedure because of the bruising and swelling. To help with this, you may wish to take painkillers. You may also need to wear a compression garment to help with your recovery. It’s also important that you:
- Keep the wounds dry
- Avoid exercise or sports
- Don’t drive
- Wear the supportive bra both day and night
About a week or so after surgery you’ll be checked over in the dressings clinic to ensure you’re healing well.
Risks And Complications
As with any cosmetic surgery, there are some risks associated for a breast lift with fat transfer. Common side effects include swelling, bruising and general discomfort. More uncommon risks include:
- Migration of the fat
- Seroma formation
These complications are very rare. All possible outcomes will be discussed in your consultation with the surgeon.
Who Is Suitable For The Surgery?
Anyone who feels their breasts are small and droopy but don’t want implants. Those with realistic surgery expectations and who have enough fat on their body to transfer.
What Are The Scars After Breast Lift With Fat Transfer Surgery?
The placement of scars can vary from patient to patient, because there are different techniques used based on the patient’s breast shape. Though they appear red or purple at first, they soon fade into white.
How Much Does A Breast Lift With Fat Transfer Cost?
This depends on what is required. A full quote including all applicable fees will be provided after your first consultation.
Is Fat Transfer Better Than Implants?
Some patients find a fat transfer allows them to achieve more natural looking breasts than if they were to get implants. Both can re-shape the breasts, it’s completely down to the patient’s preference as to what technique they choose.