Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting
As an alternative method of breast augmentation, fat grafting has helped our patients at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery achieve natural-looking results without using an implant. This innovative breast augmentation technique uses your body’s own fat cells to increase the volume and fullness of the breasts. Dr. Neil J. Zemmel has also used this procedure to successfully improve the results of our breast reconstruction patients. To harvest the fat used for this procedure, Dr. Zemmel will first perform liposuction on an area of your body with spare fatty tissue, such as the abdomen, thighs, or love handles.
After the fat is harvested from your body, it is purified and then re-injected into the breast tissue to gradually build up the volume and shape. Since this form of breast augmentation requires fat to be injected in small amounts, the final size can be tightly controlled. Many small injections of fat at a time allows Dr. Zemmel to control precisely the ultimate volume and shape of the breasts. In addition, because there is no incision required for an implant, this fat grafting method can minimize many of the risks and scarring typically associated with breast augmentation.
In addition to enlarging the breasts, augmentation with fat grafting can provide the added benefit of a contoured figure for a more comprehensive transformation.
Sometimes referred to as “natural” breast augmentation, this fat grafting method does not need a breast implant and, therefore, any issues with downstream replacement of the implants are eliminated. We know that approximately 70% of the transferred fat will take. This means that approximately 30% of the transferred fat will not survive permanently. Multiple procedures may be needed to obtain your desired cosmetic outcome. Because breast augmentation with fat grafting can only increase the volume of the breasts by approximately one cup size, it can be ideal for patients who desire more subtle results. Patients wishing for a more dramatic enhancement may consider breast augmentation with implants.