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. This is also known as mastopexy fat transfer or breast lift with fat graft.
What Is A Mastopexy 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 breast lift fat grafting instead of breast implants for a more natural appearance.
What Should You Expect During Your Breast Lift with Fat Transfer 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 mastopexy fat transfer 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 breast lift with fat graft.
How Should I Prepare For Breast Lift With Fat Graft Surgery?
Before the mastopexy fat transfer, 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 Mastopexy Fat Transfer 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 anaesthesia 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 of the breast lift with fat graft, the areola may be resized and the nipple moved higher. The wounds are then closed with dissolvable stitches.
Aftercare For Breast Lift with Fat Transfer
It’s common to feel mild pain after the mastopexy fat transfer 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 your breast lift with fat graft you’ll be checked over in the dressings clinic to ensure you’re healing well.
Risks And Complications of Breast Lift with Fat Graft
As with any cosmetic surgery, there are some risks associated with 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 of a mastopexy fat transfer will be discussed in your consultation with the surgeon.
Who Is Suitable For Breast Lift With Fat Graft Surgery?
There are many types of people who are suitable for a breast lift with fat transfer. For the most part, it is suitable for anyone who feels their breasts are small and droopy but don’t want implants. For people who opt for mastopexy fat transfer, it is worth knowing that the transfer will only increase your bra size by one cup size. This means that those with realistic surgery expectations and who have enough fat on their body to transfer will be suitable for the procedure.
What Are The Scars After Breast Lift With Fat Transfer Surgery?
As with any cosmetic procedure, scarring is inevitable. Your surgeon will however only use incisions suitable for your needs. The placement of scars from a breast lift with fat transfer 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?
Due to a breast lift with fat graft being able to be done in a range of different techniques, it is difficult to calculate the breast lift with fat transfer cost. The cost will depend on what is required.
Once you have your first mastopexy fat transfer consultation, your surgeon will discuss all the fees in more detail so you have a better idea of what to expect. If you would like more information you can contact us today and we will be in contact as soon as we can.
Is Fat Transfer Better Than Implants?
Some patients find a breast lift with 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.
Do You Have Any Breast Lift with Fat Transfer Before and After Examples?
Due to a breast lift with fat graft having a range of different techniques to be used, it is difficult to give you the exact breast lift with fat transfer before and after examples. We do however, have some examples above for you to look at. If you would like more examples, you can visit our case studies page where you can find more images of a mastopexy fat transfer.