Breast Fat Grafting

What is Breast Fat Grafting?

Breast fat grafting involves using liposuction to collect fat from other areas of the body and inject it into the breasts. This technique is often used for patients who are looking for a smaller increase in breast size and would prefer natural results. This option offers many benefits, as it eliminates the chances of possible allergic reactions and does not involve longer scars needed to place breast implants.

Breast fat grafting offers many benefits, including:

  • Minimal to no scarring.
  • Natural results.
  • Reduced downtime.
  • Permanent results.

Candidates for Breast Fat Grafting

Individuals who desire a more natural alternative to breast augmentation can often benefit from breast fat grafting. However, you should not undergo this procedure if you have a weakened immune system, are a smoker, are pregnant, or have a medical condition that could hinder the healing process. To determine if you are a candidate, contact us to schedule a consultation appointment.

The Procedure

During breast fat grafting, fat cells are collected from the abdomen, hips, or thighs using liposuction. Along with harvesting fat cells for the breasts, liposuction will also slim the area being treated. The fat will then be purified and readied for injection. Because some fat cells will be reabsorbed, overfilling is necessary. The fat that remains following the healing process will remain long-term. This procedure usually takes about one hour to complete.


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Following your procedure, you may experience mild bruising and swelling, which will subside over the next two weeks. Patients can feel free to return to work after about one week, depending on the nature of their job. The final results can be noticeable about 3-6 months after surgery once the swelling goes down.

It is important to understand that if you gain or lose weight flowing this procedure, your breast size may change. This is because fat cells grow larger or smaller as your weight fluctuates. The key to maintaining your results is to live a healthy lifestyle including eating a balanced diet and maintaining an exercise program.

Schedule Your Consultation

To learn more about breast fat grafting and if it is right for you, contact North Valley Cosmetic Surgery today. Your first step will be to schedule a consultation appointment at our Scottsdale, AZ office to get started.

Breast Fat Grafting FAQs

Can a mammogram detect a ruptured implant?

Mammograms are the best early detection method for breast cancer. And contrary to what some people believe, they are essential if you have breast implants. Indeed, regular mammograms for women with implants can help identify issues such as a rupture or leakage.

Can belly fat be used for breast reconstruction?

Excess belly fat can be used for breast reconstruction to create results that look and feel natural. Many patients have sufficient excess fat in this area to use for the procedure. And when the fat is removed, in a similar manner to a tummy tuck, patients experience the added benefit of a slimmer waistline.

Can I lay flat after breast augmentation?

Many women find a recliner to be more comfortable for sleeping than a bed. After the initial healing stage, most women are able to sleep flat on their back rather than elevated for a few weeks before shifting to sleeping on your side.

Can I take my surgical bra off for a few hours?

It is normally good to take a break from the surgical bra for a few hours as long as you keep the operation to a minimum during this period for our routine breast augmentation patients.

How long is recovery after fat transfer?

You should expect to be fully recovered around four to six weeks after the procedure has been completed, although some more intense procedures can take up to four months.

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

Not as painful as you might think. In fact, the pain of recovery is so negligible that over-the-counter pain medications, such as Advil or Tylenol, are adequate to manage any discomfort felt after the surgery.

Is natural breast augmentation safe?

A fat transfer breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that removes fat from one area of your body and injects it into your breast for a fuller look. This procedure is considered safe and low risk.

What are the risks of fat transfer?

What Are the Risks of Fat Transfer? Having the procedure performed improperly carries an elevated risk of fat embolization (a piece of fat may find its way into the bloodstream), infection, clotting, bleeding, fat necrosis, and other serious complications that can be fatal.

Can you transfer fat to your breast?

A fat transfer breast augmentation procedure is an option for people who are looking to increase the size of their breasts. Rather than using implants like traditional breast augmentation, this procedure involves taking fat from another area of your body and injecting it into your breasts.

Does fat transfer last?

Results after Fat Transfer to the body are permanent, but it is very important to maintain a healthy weight. The injection of fat cells into the body is permanent because the transplanted cells develop their own blood vessels to survive.

How do fat transfers work?

Fat transfer works by “borrowing” fat from one part of the body and moving it to another. Liposuction is used to remove fat from any area of the body where there is an undesired amount of fat.

How long do I need to sleep upright after breast augmentation?

How long do I need to sleep elevated after Breast Augmentation? Sleeping elevated helps reduce pain and inflammation. It is recommended that you sleep inclined at a 30-45 degrees angle for a total of 6 weeks.

When can I run after breast augmentation?

Typically, patients need to wait at least six weeks or longer for the recovery process to take place before undergoing vigorous physical activity.


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